Greensboro Four

By: E. Dalila Nicholson

5 Facts

  1. Four North Carolina A&T freshman students were denied service at a lunch counter
  2. They refused to leave when denied service and stayed until the store closed
  3. The next day 25 other students joined them
  4. This sit-in inspired other sit-ins across North Carolina
  5. By the end of February, sit-ins were being held across the South

2 Paragraphs on the Greensboro Four

On February 1, 1960, four African American freshman attending North Carolina A&T State University sat at a white-only lunch counter. Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), and David Richmond began the protest of "counter sitting" at F.W. Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. By the third week of February 1960, this sit-in spread to at least 250 major cities and towns in the United States, then to 400 protests by the end of 1960. Woolworth's was desegregated by the end of July 1960. When others against segregation boycotted against attending Woolworth's.

These four men left behind the legacy that you can still protest in a nonviolent way. This protest served as a model for civil rights, anti-war and women's liberation movements that would later take place. Even though students would get arrested, others were there to take their place. Then after they would get out of jail, students would just go back and sit-in. The strength of the African American race began not only with these four young men, but with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many others. Its up to us whether were going to take a stand for what is right or continue to be trampled on by those who think they're above us.

Make a connection...

  1. The 1960 Civil Rights Bill was passed
  2. The Interstate Commerce Commission ruling in September 1961 against racial segregation on interstate carriers and terminals