Thursday, July 5, 2012

Greensboro Sit Ins

One of the other exhibits that blew me away at the Smithsonian was this lunch counter.  It is the actual Woolworth lunch counter from Greensboro NC

For those that don't know, in 1960, 4 students from the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina sat down at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro. The problem was that they were African-American and the counter was not desegregated...They were refused service, but sat there all day.  The next day about 20 students joined the "sit-in."  While not the first non-violent sit-in, it has become one of the most famous...and did lead to that lunch counter and others being desegregated.

Now we looked at the counter, I told my niece the story and then we moved on.  We were in a nearby exhibit when we heard singing and came out to see what it was...this lead us to a performance exhibit back at the counter.  I took a few short videos of it.
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The actress was named London and she was just fantastic... If you get a chance to go see this, please do...

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