On Feb. 1, 1960, four Black North Carolina A&T freshmen sat at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro and ordered coffee. They were quickly denied service, and just as quickly announced their intentions to stay seated.
Classmates joined the “Greensboro Four” the next day, along with students from neighboring, historically Black colleges. By Feb. 6, over 1,000 students were gathered at the store. Within two months, 55 cities across 13 states had joined the movement.
Woolworth’s integrated on July 25, 1960, and marked the occasion by serving four of their Black employees at the very lunch counter where it all began.
– The 100 Companies staff