Greensboro Four

The State of Things
10:08 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Triad Update

The lunch counter where Greensboro students staged a civil rights sit-in protest on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.
Credit Wikipedia author RadioFan

Triad Update with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii

 Franklin McCain, civil rights activist and one of the Greensboro Four, died this month. 

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Arts & Culture
9:08 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

One Of The Greensboro Four Remembered On A&T Campus

Close to 1,000 people celebrated the life of Franklin Eugene McCain inside of Harrison Auditorium on the North Carolina A&T campus
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain will be laid to rest Friday, following an afternoon funeral in Charlotte. Hundreds of people turned out to North Carolina A&T State University Thursday to remember an historic figure. McCain was one the four teenagers who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro on February first, 1960.  

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Arts & Culture
2:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Three Of The Greensboro Four: In Their Own Words

This is the actual Woolworth lunch counter where the protest took place. It is now housed at the Smithsonian.
Credit Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Background to this first person audio story from reporter Jessica Jones:

Back in 2010, I was thrilled to cover the opening of Greensboro's International Civil Rights Center and Museum, housed in the old Woolworth's store where the famous sit-in took place that led to the end of desegregation.

It was exciting for me personally because the assignment allowed me to meet and interview three of the surviving members of the Greensboro Four, the men who as college students showed such incredible courage in integrating the lunch counter.

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Politics & Government
10:17 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Franklin McCain Dies - Helped Start Sit-In Movement At Greensboro Lunch Counter

Joseph McNeil (from left), Franklin McCain, Billy Smith and Clarence Henderson sit in protest at the whites-only lunch counter at Woolworth during the second day of peaceful protest, Feb. 2, 1960.
Credit Jack Moebes/Corbis

A Civil Rights pioneer has died. Franklin McCain was one of four teenagers who sat down at an all-white lunch counter in Greensboro on February 1, 1960.

"I certainly wasn't afraid. And I wasn't afraid because I was too angry to be afraid. If I were lucky I would be carted off to jail for a long, long time. And if I were not so lucky, then I would be going back to my campus, in a pine box." - Franklin McCain, interview on NPR

The freshmen from North Carolina A&T ignited a sit-in movement in the Jim Crow south that led to other key chapters in the Civil Rights era.

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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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