Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for 2/14/13- The Greensboro Four (Vol.2, Iss.2)
The Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-in
On February 1, 1960, four young African-American men, freshmen at the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina, entered the Greensboro Woolworth’s and sat down on stools that had, until that moment, been occupied exclusively by white customers. The four—Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr., Joseph McNeil and David Richmond—asked to be served, and were refused. But they did not get up and leave. Indeed, they launched a protest that lasted six months and helped change America. A section of that historic counter is now held by the National Museum of American History, where the chairman of the division of politics and reform, Harry Rubenstein, calls it “a significant part of a larger collection about participation in our political system.” The story behind it is central to the epic struggle of the civil rights movement.
The courageous act of four young college students changed the course for access to retail outlets and places of public accommodations. Peaceful protests began to occur all over the segregated south. Over fifty years have come and gone yet the actions of the Greensboro Four must be remembered when you sit in fancy restaurants or flowery mom and pop shops.
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