Annie Hackett Ritter

Student and civil rights activist

Annie Hackett Ritter (1939 – ), of Spartanburg, South Carolina, joined the African American student protest sit-in movement that swept across southern cities in the 1960s. Students at North Carolina A&T University sparked the movement holding sit-ins at the Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Hackett, a student at Benedict College, took part in the early sit-ins at lunch counters in downtown Columbia in the spring of 1960. Hackett attended the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She served as one of the South Carolina representatives of SNCC.

Image courtesy of The State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library

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