Friday, January 26, 2007

Sit in @ the sit in...February 1st

February One: Film and Discussion

Lessons from Greensboro for the nation on Separation, Activism, Violence, Change and Healing

Join us on the beginning of Black History Month, February 1st, 2007
in Von Canon A at the Bryan Center Duke’s West Campus

Noon-1pm: Film February One-The Story of the Greensboro Four
Introduced by Prof. Robert Korstad, Public Policy and History

1pm-2pm: Discussion with Cynthia Brown, Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, principal consultant to The Sojourner Group, former Durham City Councilwoman, and a 2002 candidate for the US Senate.


On February 1, 1960 dressed in their Sunday best, four 17 and 18 year old men sat down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. They were refused service. Within just a few days, students were sitting in at lunch counters in 54 cities around the South.

The movement to undo separate accommodations for blacks and whites hinged on the courageous acts of four college students that day, and became an important part of the Civil Rights Movement. On February 16, 1960 Martin Luther King came to Durham, in support of those sitting down at our downtown Woolworths counter as well as many others.

On November 3rd 1979 Klan and Nazi members killed five labor organizers at a rally. Twenty years later, in 1999, Greensboro made history by becoming the first community in the United States to employ the Truth and Reconciliation model, made famous in South Africa, as a way of addressing past wrongs and moving from a past of racial injustice and prejudice violence to a positive future that includes a collective ownership of the past.

Sponsored by:
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Working Group
For further information contact Gretchen Bellamy at

Co-Sponsored by: African and African American Studies Department, American Constitution Society, Black Graduate and Professional Students Association, Black & Latino MBA Organization, Bouchet Society, The Center for Race Relations, The Concilium on Southern Africa (COSA), Duke Bar Association, Duke Human Rights Coalition, Duke Human Rights Initiative, Human Rights Working Group, Law School Office of Pro Bono & Public Interest, The Living Policy Forum, and Public Policy Studies.


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