Civil Rights Greensboro

UNCG Home > The University Libraries > Civil Rights Greensboro Home > New book on the historic sit-ins

New book on the historic sit-ins

Date: June 7, 1970

Author: William D. Snider

Biographical/Historical abstract: William Snider (1920- ) served in editorial positions on both the Greensboro Record and Greensboro Daily News from 1951 to 1982.

Additional contributor: Robert Zschiesche


In this June 7, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, William Snider reviews Miles Wolff Jr.'s book, Lunch At The 5 & 10, about the February 1960 sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth store. Snider commends Wolff for “catching both the feel of the community and the principal characters in the drama.” In his book, Wolff asserts that Greensboro had the liberal air of the North, while maintaining traditional Southern racial practices. Wolff acknowledges the four North Carolina A&T State University students for their actions, as well as store owner Ralph Johns and city councilman Edward Zane for their roles in the protest. He goes on to discuss why Greensboro, like many cities, delayed desegregation and credits the economic effect of boycotts for forcing change. Snider writes that Wolff “has given us an important piece of contemporary history in our own backyard.” The article is accompanied by a drawing of the Woolworth lunch counter by Robert Zschiesche.

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. Also included are Harris' personal comments on the article. He writes that Ralph Johns may have been jealous of his brother-in-law's success as the manager of a Woolworth store, and that Edward Zane should have acknowledged that all segregated businesses would eventually have to desegregate. He also feels Snider should have given more credit to the Woolworth staff for their role in desegregation.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1082

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Civil Rights Greensboro and the appropriate repository.

Item imageItem imageItem image