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Racial Balance Busing
circa October 1971
Clarence Lee "Curly" Harris (1905-1999) was the manager of the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro when four North Carolina A&T State University students sat-in at the lunch counter on February 1, 1960, setting off civil rights protests in Greensboro and throughout the country.
This handwritten letter to the editor by Clarence “Curly” Harris was written in response to an October 3, 1971 editorial in the Durham Morning Herald, entitled "Folly of Racial Balance Busing." In this letter, Harris expresses his agreement with Senator Sam Ervin's position that "massive busing" is not an appropriate means of desegregating public schools, and states that desegregation is a nationwide issue, not just a southern one. Harris cites problems such as transportation, cost, the inconsistent geographic distribution of the minority population, and the concept of freedom of choice. Harris was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins.
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Clarence Lee Harris Papers
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