This February 10, 1977 Greensboro Daily News article announces the Greensboro Human Relations Commission's plans to meet with government and community organizations to encourage them to patronize black-owned businesses. This action was largely in response to a report by Minority Business League member and local business owner, Richard Bowling, that his and other businesses suffer because of lack of support from local organizations. Bowling said whites don't patronize black businesses because “they aren't used to coming into the black community.” He also notes that many blacks who now patronize white businesses feel they are “stepping back” if they use black-owned businesses. Human Relations Commission Executive Director Henry McKoy notes that many whites feel full equality has been achieved, when in actuality, many areas still warrant improvement.
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 that spawned lunch counter sit-ins across the South and rejuvenated the civil rights movement.