African-American History

NC History
12:05 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Fifty Years Later, N.C. Sit-In Site Becomes Museum

Originally published on Mon February 1, 2010 8:38 am

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, four black college students sat down at a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. The "Greensboro Four," along with friends and supporters, returned to the counter every day for six months until the lunch counter was desegregated.

Their determination to resist Jim Crow laws inspired thousands of peaceful sit-ins and helped to end official segregation in the South. On Monday, in the same building that once housed the Woolworth's store, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum opens.

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Uncovering Black Asheville

The Young Men's Institute

Darin Waters joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the fascinating history of race relations in Asheville.

In the late 1800s, North Carolina's favorite mountain retreat was home to a progressive African-American community that founded the Young Men's Institute. It remains the country's oldest free-standing African-American community center.

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