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Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

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At 4:30 pm on this day in 1960, Ezell Blair Jr., Joseph McNeil, David Richmond, and Franklin McCain, all students at A&T University, sat down at a segregated lunch counter in a Greensboro Woolworth’s store, ordered coffee, and stayed in their seats, despite being refused service, until the store closed. 5 days later, over 500 students filled that store and others in downtown Greensboro. From there the sit-ins spread across the state and across the South, transforming the Civil Rights movement. Think about those four young men today as you drink your coffee. We owe them much.l, and Franklin McCain, all students at A&T University, sat down at a segregated lunch counter in a Greensboro Woolworth’s store, ordered coffee, and stayed in their seats, despite being refused service, until the store closed. 5 days later, over 500 students filled that store and others in downtown Greensboro. From there the sit-ins spread across the state and across the South, transforming the Civil Rights movement. Think about those four young men today as you drink your coffee. We owe them much.

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