Thursday, February 01, 2018

On This Day

America was still segregated on this day in 1960 when four African American college students sat down at a "whites only" lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. When they politely asked for service their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their peaceful sit-in helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South.
Their names were Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond.
I was moved to tears when I took the photo below of the original lunch counter at the Museum of American History in Washington a few years ago.


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