1950s Civil Rights demonstrator weighs in on Black Lives Matter protests

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Wichita, Kan. Tuesday's Black Lives Matter protest comes 58 years after another civil rights demonstration in Wichita.

Joan Williams took part in the Dockum sit-in at 18. Watching a recording of the demonstration, she feels it doesn't have the same effect the sit-in did.

"I don't think it works as well as it did 50 years ago," Williams said. "It was a new thing to march, now everybody marches."

Tuesday's protest reminds her of the sit-in. It was one of the first organized lunch counter sit-ins for the purpose of integrating segregated establishments in the country.

Williams said she sees a lot of similarities in the Dockum sit-in, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The difference, she said, is they did it silently.

"Yes, it's exactly the same. We wanted the right to go there and sit and be served, without a doubt. We wanted that privilege. The young people today want the same privilege," she said.

Williams hopes those who support the Black Lives Matter movement, understand the responsibility that comes with it.

"I would like to see all of these young people know, why you are marching, and the benefits of your labor," she said. "Now that you're marching, what is your responsibility with that benefit."

She remains hopeful and confident, this country will unite as one.

"I believe, that we as a nation, as long as we trust in God, we will rise again," Williams said.