Monday, February 1, 2010

50 yrs ago- Feb 1, 1960

Fifty years ago on February 1, 1960, four African American college students attempted to desegregate Woolworth's lunch counter. After being denied service on the first day, they left, only to return the following day with their friends. Again, they were denied service, but by the end of the week, their bravery had prompted hundreds to join them, and Woolworth's finally agreed to desegregate. The success of this sit-in sparked similar ones throughout the South and led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was set up to direct the activities of students working in the civil rights movement. This incident is referred to as the “Greensboro Sit-in”. Check out our display of books on the Civil Rights Movement including Charles Cobb’s “On the Road to Freedom”. Cobb leads us from Washington, D.C., through eight southern states to visit the places where pioneers of the civil rights movement fought for freedom. Even today you can see apart of that lunch counter at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

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