Standing Up By Sitting Down at the Five and Dime

Abby Zimet

Today marks the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C. and the event 50 years ago that inspired it - the day in 1960 when four young black students sat down
at a Woolworth's lunch counter and asked to be served. The first sit-in
by Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond
sparked sit-ins in 55 cities and a growing revolution that the three
surviving members of the Greensboro 4 still celebrate.

"Segregation was an evil kind of thing that needed attention." - Joseph McNeil.


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