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January 31st, 2010
09:11 PM ET

New Museum Celebrates 1960 Protest

50 years ago on February 1, 1960, 4 students took a stand by sitting down at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina to bring attention to segregation.

Tomorrow, a new museum opens at the former store. It will include 16 exhibits, plus the counter seats used by the first 4 protesters who became known as the Greensboro 4.

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with one of them by phone today about the milestone. She also interviewed one of the co-founders of the museum and his son.

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  1. ice berg

    Why wasn't president obama in greensboro today? The first black president on the first day of black history month with such a historical moment in time happening, but he can attend a college basketball game.

    February 1, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  2. Theron

    This is a great piece of history. Those black college students were very brave. It takes alot of heart to stand up for what is right. I give them alot of respect.

    Second, I don't think that there is anything wrong with President Barack Obama attending a college basketball game. Do you want him to work every second of every day,lol, give the man a break. And last time I checked President Obama has a schedule, and like everybody else he deserves time to relax and enjoy himself. Today is only February 1, there are more days in February. And last but not least he has the whole year to go to Greensboro, black history can be celebrated in any month and on any day of the year, it doesn't have to be celebrated only in February.

    February 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm |