On February 1, 1960, four freshmen from North Carolina A&T State University walked downtown and “sat-in” at the whites-only lunch counter at Woolworth’s. They did not leave until it closed that day.
Who were they? Four Black college (NCA&TSU) freshmen, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond, sat down at a “whites-only” Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service.
The rest, is OURstory!
Also, on this day in history…
Feb. 1, 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress.
Feb. 1, 1902 – Langston Hughes, a famous poet, was born this day in Joplin, Mo.
Feb. 1, 1926 – What is now known as Black History Month was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976.
I had the honor of meeting the A&T Four, also known as the Greensboro Four, and did a documentary about them with Dr. Styles for PBS during my Sophomore year in Aggieland. It was a great experience!🔥
A special thank you to our allies who are also a part of OURstory! We appreciate you!