On April 24, 1963, Birmingham-Southern sophomore Martha “Marti” Turnipseed chose to join seven African-American students at a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s food counter in downtown Birmingham. The other students were arrested, and BSC officials told Marti—a third-generation BSC student—that she had to leave campus. She was allowed to return a year later and complete her degree, and died in 1972 in a tragic car accident.
On April 24th, 2013, BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak and Birmingham Mayor William Bell Led more than 1500 students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community on a march from campus to downtown’s Kelly Ingram Park, tracing Marti’s footsteps. All the Global Peace Exchange (GPE) members participated on this March and Celebration in an Honor of Marti Turnipseed ’65. Watch the video to see how it went, and see the video below to hear more from Marti’s brother, Spencer Turnipseed, about why her actions were important.
All the Global Peace Exchange (GPE) members participated on this March and Celebration in an Honor of Marti Turnipseed ’65.