On June 23, a group of students was arrested after they attempted to buy tickets for the white section of the movie theater. These arrests led to the “open city campaign”during which civil rights workers and citizens tried to integrate everything in town. Teams went to restaurants, motels, and other businesses. Civil rights suits were filed under the Civil Rights Act against non-complying establishments. A few weeks later, the GCFM presented demands to Grenada for desegregation, better voter registration, and equal employment. A boycott of white businesses began until the demands were met.
Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana, Ill. University of Illinois Press, 1994.