60 Years Later, We Remember The Greensboro Four, Civil Rights Sit-in Pioneers

Nicole Rojas
Feb 10, 2020 - 6:37
A Non-Violent Protest by Greenboro Four Against Segregation

Sixty years ago, four Black North Carolina A&T students decided to hold a sit-in at their local Woolworth’s lunch counter as a non-violent protest against segregation. The actions of the “Greensboro Four” served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired generations of social activists. The date was February 1, 1960, when Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Jibreel Khazan (born Ezell Blair Jr.) and Dave Richmond walked into the Woolworth’s on Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina prepared to face decades of Jim Crow right in the eye. “It was imperative that me and others around the country…[to] take a stand” against segregation, McNeil, 77, told The North Star this week from his home on Long Island. The “A&T...

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