San Francisco State University Sheraton-Palace Hotel Protests

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One of the most dramatic moments of the 1963-1964 United San Francisco Freedom Movement came in March of 1964 when a number of civil rights organizations led by the Ad Hoc Committee Against Discrimination converged on the swanky Sheraton-Palace Hotel. During the beginning of the month, a sea of protesters occupied the hotel’s lobby, demanding an end to discriminatory hiring and promotion practices. The Palace sit-ins resulted in hundreds of arrests and, after several negotiations between civil rights leaders and hotel management, a signed pact guaranteeing the employment of a substantial number of minority workers in a variety of positions.

"Pact is Near": Big Palace Sit-In (March 7)

Sheraton-Palace Victory, Cadilac, PGE Next (March 14)

"A Night at the Palace"(DuBois Club Newspaper - undated)

"Police Break Up Palace Picket Line"(SF Examiner, March 2)

"Police Break Up Palace Picket Line" (SF Examiner, March 2, Cont'd)

"DuBois Clubs - A New Rights Force" (The Bulletin, Nov 3)

"She Believes Very Strongly"

"Peace at the Palace" (SF Chronicle, March 8)

"1,000 Picket Hotel" (SF Examiner, March 7)

"1,000 Picket Hotel" (SF Examiner, March 7, Cont'd)

"Pact Ends Seige at Palace" (SF Examiner, March 8)

Dick Gregory, and others, Behind Bars (March 8)

What motivated the Palace sit-in?

Photo courtesy of San Franciso History Center, San Francisco Public Library