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Racial Barriers Fall

Date: May 29, 1971

Author: Joseph H. Knox

Biographical/Historical abstract: Joe Knox (1916-2006) was a staff writer for the Greensboro Daily News from 1955 to 1980.

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In this May 29, 1971 Greensboro Daily News article, Joe Knox chronicles the efforts to desegregate Greensboro businesses starting with sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter by four North Carolina A&T State University (A&T) students in 1960 and continuing in 1962 and 1963 with massive street demonstrations led by A&T student body president Jesse Jackson. Knox identifies the involvement of city officials such as Jack Elam and David Schenck; organizations, such as CORE and NAACP; and prominent citizen such as Dr. George Simpkins, Rev. Otis Hairston, and W.O. Conrad.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook on desegregation by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins. Also included are Harris’ comments on the article along with a drawing of the Greensboro Four at the Woolworth lunch counter.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1039

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