Monday, February 01, 2010

How College Students Changed the World 50 Years Ago

The date was February 1, 1960 and four young black men, all students at North Carolina A&T, had experienced enough discrimination to be driven to action. They sat down at the counter of a Woolworth's department store and asked to be served. That doesn't sound like much of a big deal today, but in 1960 in North Carolina, it was.

The ways of the land during that time was that African Americans were not allowed to be served at lunch counters. Just a handful of years after the Civil Rights movement had been ignited by Brown v. Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, college students ushered in the sixties through civil disobedience.

USA Today tells the story of these students here. It is just one of the many reasons why I work with college students. They have the power to change the world. Thanks to Ken Cochrum for the link to the article.

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