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4 Lonely Blacks Woke A Nation: Decade Of Protest Began Here

Date: January 30, 1970

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: Greensboro Record


In this January 30, 1970 Greensboro Record article, Jo Spivey recalls the February 1, 1960 sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth store, orchestrated by North Carolina A&T State University students David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, and Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan). Spivey interviews Richmond for the article, who says he did not expect their actions to set off protests across the South and that it was simply the right place and right time in Greensboro. He goes on to recall the events of that day, saying they were prepared to be arrested. Richmond believes that integration still hasn't been achieved in many areas, and because of that there will be more violence in the seventies, though he does not support it. The article concludes with a discussion of Richmond's current community involvement, including working with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce's community unity groups.

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


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1079

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