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Woolworth serves up anniversary breakfast

Date: February 1, 1980

Author: Jo Jones Spivey

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jo Jones Spivey (1917-2003) a reporter for the Greensboro News and Record from 1951 to 1984, was a pioneer in the field of journalism for women and a reporter on local civil rights events.

Additional contributor: Dave Nicholson


In this February 1, 1980 Greensboro Record article, Jo Spivey reports on a breakfast served at the Woolworth store lunch counter on the twentieth anniversary of the sit-ins. Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair, Jr.), David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain (aka the Greensboro Four) were served breakfast at the lunch counter where twenty years earlier they had begun a sit-in movement to protest the store's segregation policy. At the breakfast, the four were reunited with Ralph Johns, a local business owner who helped advise them during the demonstrations. McCain is quoted as saying his children don't believe him when he talks about what segregation was like, which he says is both positive and negative. Richmond reportedly commented on the recent November 3, 1979 murders of five Communist Workers Party members at the Death to the Klan rally.

Spivey also reports on other events held to commemorate the sit-ins including a press conference where Dr. Samuel Proctor, former president of North Carolina A&T State University (A&T), argued that new tactics were needed to continue the fight for equality. At the unveiling of a North Carolina historical marker at the site of the sit-ins, Guilford College professor Dr. Alexander R. Stoesen called the sit-ins a continuation of “creative processes generated by the American Revolution.” The article notes that the day's activities were to conclude with a reception on the A&T campus.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook about the twentieth anniversary of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1055

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