On the second day of the Greensboro sit-in, Joseph A. McNeil and Franklin E. McCain are joined by William
Smith and Clarence Henderson at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
(Courtesy of Greensboro News
Negro college students sit at Woolworth lunch counter
By Marvin Sykes, Record Staff Writer
A group of 20 Negro students
from A&T College occupied luncheon counter seats, without being served, at the downtown F.W. Woolworth Co. Store late
this morning - starting what they declared would be a growing movement.
The group declared double that number will
take place at the counters tomorrow.
Employes of Woolworth did not serve the group and they sat from 10:30 a.m. until
after noon. White customers coninued to sit and get service.
Clarence Harris, Woolworth manager, replied "No comment"
to all questions concerning the "sit-down" move about Woolworth custom, and about what heplanned to do.
action followed the appearance at 4:30 p.m. yesterday of four freshmen from Scott Hall at A&T who sat down and stayed,
without service, until the store closed at 5:30 p.m.
Student spokesmen said they are seeking luncheon counter service,
and will increase their numbers daily until they get it.
Today's group came in at 10:30 a.m. Each made a small purchase
one counter over from the luncheon counter, then sat in groups of three or four as spaces became vacant.
no disturbance and there appeared to be no conversation except among the groups. Some students pulled out books and appeared
to be studying. The group today wrote to the president of Woolworth asking "a firm stand to eliminate this discrimination,"
and signed the letter as members of the Student Executive Committee for Justice.
Spokesmen Franklin McLain and Ezell
Blair Jr., stated that the group is seeking luncheon counter service and will continue its push "several days, several weeks
... until something is done."
Both declared the movement is a student one, with no backing from the National Assn.
for the Advancement of Colored People. They said they expect they could count on NAACP backing if needed. The move is not
school connected, they added, but they hope to encourage more students to participate and hope that Bennett College students
Four leaders, who were at Woolworths yesterday and again today, were named as McLain, of Washington; Blair,
of Greensboro; David Richmond, Greensboro, and Joseph McNeill, Wilmington, all freshmen. They said today's groups came chiefly
from Scott Hall at the college.
Blair declared that Negro adults "have been complacent and fearful." He declared "It
is time for someone to wake up and change the situation ... and we decided to start here."
McLain said no economic
boycott is planned. "We like to spend our money here, but we want to spend it at the lunch counter as well as the counter
next to it."
Dr. George C Simkins Jr., head of the local chapter of NAACP, said that organization had no knowledge
of the movement prior to its arising spontaneously. He said the group is 100 per cent behind the idea, and "if any legal action
arises as a result, the NAACP is prepared to back the group."