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George Simkins: a lifetime struggling for civil rights

Date: circa February 4, 1990

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This circa February 4, 1990, article from the Greensboro News & Record, profiles George Simkins, former president of the Greensboro chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In a first-person narrative, Simkins recalls the early moments of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, including the critical reaction he received for not calling the national NAACP office. He also states that the movement was a success due specifically to the student involvement and their sheer numbers. He mentions Jesse Jackson's visit during the 1963 demonstrations in which the Greensboro S&W Cafeteria and several theatres were integrated.

This article was saved in a scrapbook by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins. It appears that portions of the article may be missing.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.909

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