It was 50 years ago today that Ezell A. Blair Jr. (also known as Jibreel Khazan), David Leinhail Richmond, Joseph Alfred McNeil, and Franklin Eugene McCain sat down at a whites-only Woolworth’s counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina and ordered coffee.
It didn’t come.
Every day for six months they – and many others – came back. A bomb threat closed the store for two weeks shortly after the protest started, and still they returned.
Today, the building that housed that Woolworth’s counter re-opens as the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. NPR had a nice story this morning on the tortuous path the museum took to get funded. Apparently, some folks in the community are still holding a grudge.
So, 50 years later, a thank you to the original four and the hundreds who joined them.