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Review of Miles Wolff's Book Lunch At The Five And Ten
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.
In this 20-page document, Clarence “Curly” Harris, gives a detailed review of facts presented in Miles Wolff's 1970 book about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, Lunch at the 5 & 10. Harris, who was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins, provides extensive footnotes refining and refuting various points with particular emphasis on how he and the F.W. Woolworth Co. are presented in the book. Harris is extremely specific about locations within the store, the timeline of the demonstrations, and about his store's sales and merchandising. He is also concerned with matters such as photographs being taken inside the store without permission and the sales decline that he attributes to the sit-ins. Harris stresses his own ethical strengths and those of the company and maintains that he was not opposed to integration per se, but to coercion and pressure. While the review is undated, it appears to have been written well after publication of the book, as Harris references store closures and developments in downtown Greensboro that did not happen until the late 1970s.
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Clarence Lee Harris Papers
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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