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Letter from Clarence Harris to David DuBuisson
May 23, 1994
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 February 12, 1991 letter from Clarence “Curly” Harris to Greensboro News & Record editor David DuBuisson, questions details about the 1960 sit-ins presented in a February 10, 1991 editorial entitled "The descent into ‘multiculturalism.’” The editorial, included as a clipping, mentions the 1960 sit-ins in the Greensboro Woolworth store Harris managed at the time. Harris challenges DuBuisson’s information about the duration of the protests and questions why the DuBuisson shows a "lack of respect" for the F.W. Woolworth Co. by calling it a "dime store." Harris also refutes a statement in the editorial that protesters had a victory dinner at the Mayfair Cafeteria, stating that its owner, Boyd Morris, actually closed the cafeteria rather than serve blacks.
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Clarence Lee Harris Papers
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