Tuesday, June 26, 2018

They Sat So We Could Stand Up

A rainy morning in Greensboro, NC - so what better thing to do than go visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum located in the original Woolworth store where the famous Greensboro Sit In took place!

What do you know about that sit in?

On Feb. 1, 1960, four students from all-black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College walked into a Woolworth five-and-dime with the intention of ordering lunch.

But the manager of the Greensboro Woolworth had intentions of his own — to maintain the lunch counter's strict whites-only policy.

Franklin McCain was one of the four young men who shoved history forward by refusing to budge - and he shared this about the feelings he had when he sat down:

"Fifteen seconds after ... I had the most wonderful feeling. I had a feeling of liberation, restored manhood. I had a natural high. And I truly felt almost invincible. Mind you, [I was] just sitting on a dumb stool and not having asked for service yet,"

"It's a feeling that I don't think that I'll ever be able to have again. It's the kind of thing that people pray for ... and wish for all their lives and never experience it. And I felt as though I wouldn't have been cheated out of life had that been the end of my life at that second or that moment."
On that first day, Feb. 1, the four men stayed at the lunch counter until closing. The next day, they came back with 15 other students. By the third day, 300 joined in; later, 1,000.

The sit-ins spread to lunch counters across the country — and changed history.

The Greensboro Four are worth remembering! Say their names with me...

Joseph McNeil

Franklin McCain

Ezell Blair Jr.

David Richmond

On Monday, July 25, 1960, after nearly $200,000 in losses ($1.7 million today), store manager Clarence Harris asked three black employees to change out of their work clothes and order a meal at the counter.

They were, quietly, the first to be served at a Woolworth lunch counter.

While I am a little jealous they got to go learn of this incredible history and I missed out - I am SO GLAD they did.

In these times were in right now - these precious lives I've been entrusted to raise need to know STANDING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

I have no doubt that they would willingly do the same - and they know their mommy and daddy would be right there beside them!

Thank you Greensboro Four - for what you did then - and for your story empowering the lives and minds and spirits of my little crew today.

Always stand for what's right guys - in words and actions - and I will ALWAYS have your back!

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