The Greensboro Four

Brandee Weatherly

How a Few Men Took a Small Step that Created a Huge Impact

The Greensboro Four was the nickname given to four African American men who decided to take a stand for what they believed in. These men attended North Carolina A&T, right in the middle of Greensboro. During this time period segregation was at an all time high, but at the same time many steps were being taken to stop segregation. During this time JFK was becoming president and planning on making America better and less segregated. The step JFK and these boys took was a stepping stone for many other movements to start and attempt to better America.


Where it all Happened: 1960's

Woolworths was a small diner in Greensboro during the time of segregation. The boys decided to take a stand at this diner because of a past experience they were involved in. In this diner these boys sat at the bar silently protesting; other eaters and the owner told them to leave and said rude remark and workers wouldn't serve them. No matter how badly they were treated they didn't walk out or say anything back to the people that were being rude. The boys decided to wait until closing and quietly walked out, not bothering anyone. The next day word had spread around campus and when the boys went many others from school went too, protesting silently to make a change. The owner of Woolworth's respected these men and what they stood for-removing the "don't serve blacks" logo. Because of these four boys Woolworths now serves blacks and whites, it may seem like a small step but it was a huge meaning for blacks.