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Sit-ins and how they changed us

Date: May 15, 1983

Author: William D. Snider

Biographical/Historical abstract: William Snider (1920- ) served in editorial positions on both the Greensboro Record and Greensboro Daily News from 1951 to 1982.

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In this May 15, 1983 article, William D. Snider, former editor of the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record, reflects on his experiences as a member of the Greensboro news media during the time of the 1960 sit-ins at Woolworth's. Snider notes that, initially, there was some debate of whether the sit-ins were even newsworthy, but that news of the sit-ins spread quickly throughout the country. Snider claims this particular movement starting in Greensboro with the city's five institutions of higher learning and credits Greensboro leaders with the movement's local roots, stating that they “believed in civility.”

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins. Also included are Harris' handwritten notes disputing some of the information in the Snider column, such as the effect that the sit-in movement had on businesses in downtown Greensboro.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.914

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