BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black Army veteran who helped peacefully desegregate Birmingham’s city library with a sit-in protest in 1963 has died.
The library and an obituary say Shelly Millender Jr. of Birmingham died on Saturday. He was 86.
Millender already was a veteran when he attended Miles College, where he was student government president and became active in the civil rights movement.
He was among the students who staged a sit-in at the main downtown library on April 10, 1963, to demonstrate against a policy that banned Black people. Library leaders agreed to end segregation afterward.