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Playing as influential a role as many better-known Civil Rights Movement leaders, Bennett’s president inspired its students to fight for social justice. She encouraged students to participate in protests, inspired by the 1960 Woolworth’s sit in, and initiate blacks to become more politically involved, by registering to vote.
The Civil Rights movement’s seeds were planted decades earlier and in historically black colleges such as Bennett. Here, Bennett Belles were inspired by campus leaders like David Dallas Jones as much as nationwide leaders like Vernon Johns. Education and race consciousness fortified them to help instill equality through campus and community activism.