Greensboro, North Carolina The Legacy of Segregation

A bellwether city battles a hardening color line

The grainy black-and-white photograph, taken 30 years ago, captures the fear in David Richmond's eyes on the day he dared to cross the color line. He's the one on the left, the skinny kid in the trench coat, standing beside three other young black men. That winter day in 1960, those four college students broke the segregation barrier by taking seats at F.W. Woolworth's downtown lunch counter. The sit-in shook the sleepy North Carolina city and ignited a nationwide movement to topple Jim Crow's walls. But Richmond says all he felt that day was "scared, scared, scared."

Today, as he gazes...

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