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BELL V MARYLAND
50 years after Supreme Court arguments, 1960 Md. sit-in case remembered as part of history
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:05 AM EDT
Robert M. Bell was 16 when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a Baltimore restaurant. On June 17, 1960, the group entered Hooper's restaurant. They pushed past a hostess and sat. Twelve demonstrators, including Bell, were charged with trespassing. Eventually, the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the 50 years since, Bell became a lawyer and later the chief judge on Maryland's highest court.
Bell and others who went to Hooper's that day said participating in the sit-in was a brief act but part of history.