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Remembering: 1 leader of sit-in visits site

Date: February 2, 1985

Author: Jim Schlosser

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jim Scholosser (1943- ), a reporter and editor for the Greensboro News and Record since 1967, covered political rallies and school integration during the 1960s and 1970s.

Additional contributor: Clarence Lee Harris


In this February 2, 1985 article published in the Greensboro News & Record, staff writer Jim Schlosser reports on one of the original four sit-in participants, David Richmond's visit to the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter that was the site of his protest twenty-five years earlier. This time, Richmond was served by the lunch counter employee Ima Edwards, who had not been allowed to serve him years earlier. Schlosser also spoke with several other patrons that day, including an African American student attending The University of North Carolina at Greensboro who had not yet been born when the sit-ins took place. The student, Janet Banks, remembers being taken to the Woolworth lunch counter as a child but not realizing the significance of it back then.

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 that offer two corrections to the article: Ima Edwards, according to Harris, was in charge of the bakery department, not the lunch counter, and Harris disputes a claim that a store manager tried to “oust” Richmond, saying he could have easily done this with a trespass warrant, “but that was never considered.”


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.941

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