Miles College foot soldiers and Civil Rights leaders were honored in a special program Wednesday at Brown Chapel on the school's campus.
The program focused on those who participated in the "selective buying" protest which was a boycott of white retail stores. At the time, boycotts were banned in Alabama.
The black students refused to shop at Birmingham's downtown department stores because they were not treated the same as white customers.
The honorees were also celebrated for pushing the Voting Rights Act and bringing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Birmingham.
"What stands out to me is that we can point directly back to...what happened in Birmingham was precipitated by what was going on at Miles College. Dr. King was specifically coming to Birmingham because of what was going on at Miles College," Miles College President Dr. George French said.
State, national and local dignitaries joined with students to thank the honorees.
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