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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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There's a New Day Conning

There's a New Day Conning

(p.58) Chapter Three There's a New Day Conning
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses four young men from North Carolina A&T State College, an all-black public school, who quietly seated themselves on lunch counter stools in Woolworth's five-and-dime. The demonstrators were met with icy stares, and the lunch counter closed for the day, but larger numbers of students came on subsequent days. Greensboro liked to think of itself as one of the most progressive cities in the South, a place with many colleges, a humanitarian streak brought on by its Quaker legacy, and bustling commerce and industry. It was also one of the region's first cities to implement small-scale integration in the public schools. Still, it remained a segregated city. The sitin movement that started in Greensboro galloped across North Carolina and the old Confederacy. A new day was dawning, but it was fraught with risk and a potential for violence.

Keywords:   North Carolina, A&T State College, all-black public school, Greensboro, segregation, Woolworth's five-and-dime, demonstrators

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