Today’s Black History Fact: The Greensboro Four
Did you know,
In February of 1960, four North Carolina A&T freshman led a series of sit-ins that recruited more than 1,000 people?
Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond tried to get service at a F.W. Woolworth Company store lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina and were denied. Although they knew that the lunch counter was segregated they still felt they should be served, because they had purchased items throughout the store. When the store closed and they had still not been serviced, the boys returned to campus and recruited more students. The next day, 25 students walked into the same store, and they were all denied. From February 1 to February 6, a sit-in was held daily and more than 1,000 people got involved.
They were called the Greensboro Four.
Their bravery and leadership sparked similar efforts in 30 different cities by the end of the month.
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