Adolescents influenced by the American Nazi Party harass Dion Diamond during a civil rights sit-in at the Cherrydale Drug Fair in Arlington, VA June 10, 1960.
Some threw lit cigarettes at the sit-in demonstrators while others kicked them. Verbal harassment was constant.
Diamond was part of a small integrated group called the Non-Violent Action Group (NAG) that led a two week campaign that resulted in integration of restaurants in Arlington, including this Drug Fair. Restaurants in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia soon followed.
NAG then began desegration activities in Maryland that resulted in the fall of Jim Crow at Glen Echo Amusement Park, theaters, bowling alleys and restaurants in the Washington suburbs.
For more information and photos related to the Cherrydale Drug Fair confrontation, see flic.kr/s/aHsjDFaXGH
For an article on Dion Diamond, see http://washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/crazy-dion-diamond-a-1960-rights-warrior-in-the-suburbs/
For more photos of Dion Diamond, see flic.kr/s/aHsjDEYDg7
Photo by Gus Chinn. Courtesy of the DC Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.