Monday, February 1, 2010

This Day in History

I saw a news report today that reminded me that while we may have come a long way, we have a long way to go, still. Then, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, 37Days, and Patti posted a fitting tribute.  I can't begin to comment as eloquently as she did, so below is just a little to refresh your memory. Then you can go to Patti's site or to the Smithsonian site and read more.

On Feb. 1, 1960, four African American college students went into Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina and sat at the lunch counter.  They were refused service. They continued to sit at the counter that day. And the next. And the next. Their refusal to be dismissed became a 6-month sit in protest that culminated in the desegregation of the Woolworth's lunch counter.

From the Smithsonian site:

Greensboro first day

Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond leave the Woolworth store after the first sit-in on February 1, 1960.
(Courtesy of Greensboro News and Record)

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