50th Anniversary Of Woolworth Lunch Counter Protest

Monday is the 50th anniversary of a sit-in that changed America.

It was February 1, 1960, that four black college freshmen walked up to the "whites only" lunch counter at an F.W. Woolworth in Greensboro, N.C., sat down and demanded service.

Five days after that protest, the demonstration reached at least 1,000 people. Within two months, sit-ins were happening in 54 cities in nine states. And within six months, the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated.

Monday, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum will open on the site of the Greensboro Woolworth store.

Part of the original counter is now at the Smithsonian, but the original stools where the four students sat are still there. One of those students, Franklin McCain, now says "sitting on that dumb stool" was "the best feeling of my life."

The building remains because it was bought in 1993 from a bank that had planned to turn it into a parking lot.


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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:37 AM
    Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (June) Jewish American Heritage Month (May Irish-American Heritage Month Women's History Month (March) Greek Independence Day (March 25) German-American Day (October 6) Asian Pacific American Heritage and Older Americans Month (May) This is so when you come off your high horses and February is gone.... you have other months and people to tell they aren't worthy of a month. It must be nice to be so superior!!! No wonder you guys DON"T have a month.... lol ... Special me... I get two months!!:)
  • by B Location: NC on Feb 1, 2010 at 05:26 PM
    I'm sure that the taxpayers paid the bill, they get and we pay...
  • by Bozo Location: Gville on Feb 1, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    The main questions are: (1) Whose $$ paid for the purchase of the building, (2) Who provided the $$ for the museum, and (3)How does one make a museum out of four bar stools . . . one stool, according to one of the protestors, was "a dumb stool." That appears to me to be a rather crude racist statement. However, I have no problem with the museum as long as your and my tax $$ didn't pay for it. And finally, who in the world is ever going to go to it?
  • by lol on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    A white history month would be considered RACIST
  • by B Location: C on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    How come we don't have a white history month?
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 1, 2010 at 03:24 AM
    I wonder if 50 years from now the news media will mark the 50th anniversary of the TEA parties and how much they will have changed America. Take back the government!
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