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Clarence L. Harris Scrapbook: Chapter 20

Date: circa 1985

Author: Clarence Harris

Biographical/Historical abstract: Clarence Lee "Curly" Harris (1905-1999) was the manager of the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro when four North Carolina A&T State University students sat-in at the lunch counter on February 1, 1960, setting off civil rights protests in Greensboro and throughout the country.

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Chapter 20 focuses on the long-term impact of the sit-ins, including the deterioration of downtown retail in Greensboro and Harris’ observation that inequality in social interactions still remained in 1980. He also asserts the authenticity of his accounting of the events and the unreliable nature of word-of-mouth and second-hand written versions.

Included in this section are a news article about Benjamin L. Smith, D. Edward Hudgins, Jesse Jackson, and David Schenck, entitled "Four who changed the racial times," and a Sept. 24, 1978 Greensboro Daily News article by William Snider, "Why did the sit-ins start in Greensboro?", along with Harris' comments on it. Lengthier comments on the article are contained in the next section, Chapter 21.

Scrapbook 1 is part of a set of scrapbooks Harris compiled during the 1980s which record his perspective on the 1960 sit-ins, during which time he was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store. The scrapbooks contain his own writings, news clippings, photographs, and other ephemera. Articles about contemporary problems for blacks and about writer David Bradley's visit to Bennett College in 1982 are contained in the scrapbook, which is organized like a book, but not presented here.

Download the complete scrapbook (all sections) as a PDF file.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1030

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