Grenada – Events

Grenada Public Schools Riot

Black children were admitted to Grenada Public Schools for the first time in 1966. The white townspeople rioted violently, gathering outside of the schools to prevent the students from entering and attacking the children who did manage to get inside when they left.  For weeks, the black students were escorted by civil rights workers until a court ordered that the mob disperse.


March Against Fear

The March Against Fear, begun by James Meredith and continued by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, and others, arrived in Grenada on June 15, 1966.  After Dr. King spoke to a group of 200 people, they all marched to the town square to register to vote. It was this event that sparked a long and eventful movement in Grenada.