Just a teenager in 1961, Lorraine Mizell participated in a peaceful protest on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. The "Wade Ins" as they became known, were organized by her Uncle, Dr. Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson and they set in motion a series of protests and court orders which eventually led to the integration of Broward County beaches.
July 4th 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the event and as part of the Centennial celebration of the City of Fort Lauderdale, an Historical Marker will be placed at Las Olas Boulevard and the beach to commemorate this event.
We accompanied the Sun-Sentinel's Senior Editorial Writer, Doug Lyons, when he spoke with Ms. Mizell at Ivory's Restaurant on Sistrunk Boulevard as she reflected on her memories of that day.