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Clarence L. Harris Scrapbook: Chapter 21

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 21 is entitled "The Legal, Ethical, and Economical Aspects" of the sit-ins and desegregation of the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter. Harris emphasizes that no laws were broken by himself or the student protesters, and observes that while poor sales figures recovered, profits for Woolworth's never did. He also argues that he was not responsible for the systematic segregation in the South, observes that long-held customs are difficult to change, and cites the students' protest methods as unethical. He closes his essay with a quote from Abraham Lincoln.

This chapter also includes a more detailed commentary on the editorial contained in Chapter 20, William Snider's "Why did the sit-ins start in Greensboro." Harris provides his thoughts on many factors effecting the sit-ins, from location to individuals' involvement. Also included are a picture of Harris as president of the Greensboro Merchants Association with the article "Better Customer Contacts In Business World Urged" from the Feb. 20, 1962 Greensboro Record, and an undated article by theRecord's Hugh Page entitled "March 31 Deadline Figures in Change" concerning integration of sales personnel in downtown retail stores.

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. This scrapbook is organized like a book.

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

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Format of original: Other

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1031

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