The Greensboro Four were yours truly, Joe McNeil, David Richmond, Junior Blair and Frank McCain. We all lived in the same dormitory. I think we were all very young. I was the youngest. I was 17 I reacted to the Jim Crow South with anger. I did not believe for one minute that I was a second class citizen, that I was inferior in any way to whites, greens, whatever. I couldn’t live the lie. We decided to take a stand. Let’s go. Let’s do it So we purchased small items, sundry items, to establish the fact that we were customers and then we sat down on the stool and asked for a cup of coffee. And the store manager told us that he wasn’t gonna serve us. The local establishment grossly underestimated our anger and our ability to hang in there.
So when we were leaving the store, The Associated Press was there and they said "Hey boys, what you gonna do?" And we said "well we’re gonna come back and we are gonna keep coming back until you decide to serve us". We started growing. The first day four, the second day probably 16 or 20. It was organic. Mind of its own. Kept growing We decided that whatever actions we were gonna take, they’re gonna be nonviolent. We remained nonviolent. On the third day it started to get rough. At any time we could have been carried out of that store in pine box. We didn’t want to be martyrs. We had to do what we needed to do.
Two young people face trans fat moms PART 5
Nashville Speed Dating
I was a student. at Fisk University in Nashville. February 1, 1960, we heard that four young black. men sat in at a lunch counter in Greensboro.. We had our first sitin in Nashville on February 13.. I’m really amused sometimes. because people say ‘oh you were so great’ and the truth is I was afraid the whole time.. But the choice was to do what was necessary to end segregation or to. tolerate segregation, and that just was not acceptable.. Greensboro became the message. It was, " if they can do it in Greensboro,. we too can do it.". You know young people and people not so young, adults in major cities outside of. the South participated sitting in at lunch counters while they were picketing the stores. to support the students inside. And you had people like Martin Luther King Jr. saying things like, "by sitting down.
We were standing up for the very best in American tradition" And I think that’s really important for people to know that it was ordinary people, "ordinary", like themselves, who did everything for the Civil Rights Movement. That it was really a people’s movement. These young people injected something very meaningful, something really beautiful. So you may not have a lot of money, you may not have a lot of power, but you have what Dr. King and Gandhi and others called "Soul Power." Just using your body as a nonviolent instrument, as a tool, you can change things, you can inspire hundreds and thousands and millions of people to speak up, to speak out.