Richmond 34 member Elizabeth Johnson Rice (on right) spoke to Swift Creek Middle seventh graders recently. The Richmond 34 were Virginia Union University students who in 1960 marched from campus to Thalhimers downtown department store and staged a sit-in at the lunch counter in efforts to end segregation. Ms. Rice shared her experiences and encouraged students to imagine what they can accomplish through perseverance and how they can make a positive impact on society.
Joining Ms. Rice were Elizabeth Thalhimer Smart, granddaughter of the department store owner, and Bailey Johnson, Richmond Flying Squirrels communications manager (on left). All three women spoke about their work to keep the legacy of the Richmond 34 alive.