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Sit-Ins' Silver Day: A look at the lessons 25 years later

Date: January 18, 1985

Author: William Henry Chafe

Biographical/Historical abstract: William H. Chafe, a scholar in race and gender, has been a member of the history faculty at Duke University since 1971. There, he has also served as Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Chafe is the author of Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.

Additional contributor: Clarence Lee Harris


This article was published in the biweekly North Carolina Independent in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins at Woolworth's. Written by Duke University historian, William Chafe, the article provide historical context for the Greensboro sit-ins and describes how the sit-ins became a catalyst to other civil rights demonstrations nationwide. Chafe asserts that white Greensboro leaders “ practiced a very sophisticated form of racism” after segregation was ruled unconstitutional. For instance, Chafe alleges that in Greensboro, there was “token” integration in places like Greensboro that prevented the NAACP from launching a class-action suit against the entire state.

This article was saved in a scrapbook by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins. In addition to the clipping, Harris offers a “correction” to the numbers mentioned in the article, but does not dispute its historical accuracy.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.934

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