Students picket at State College barbershop

March 26, 1960

The Barbershop Poster-Walks began outside of Bunn’s Barber Shop (110 South Allen Street) on March 26, 1960, after owner Kenneth Bunn refused to cut the hair of a Negro student. The multiracial coordinating group, Direct Action for Racial Equality (DARE), maintained the picketing for over a month. While the barber did not relent, the protesters expanded their focus to include objections to a dean of men’s list of “approved” off campus housing which indicated the racial and nationality preferences of local landlords.