A Protest That Ignited a Movement: AFGE Celebrates Black History Month

“Freedom is never given; it is won.”
—A. Philip Randolph, civil rights and union leader 

On Feb. 1, 1960, four African-American college students sat down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., and politely asked to be served. When their request was denied, they remained seated. Their defiance and courage drew hundreds of people to Greensboro to join their sit-in. Within weeks, similar sit-ins were staged in cities across the country. After the six-month-long protest in Greensboro, the Woolworth’s lunch counter was serving black patrons. Dining facilities in the South were integrated. The Greensboro sit-in and similar protests led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting racial segregation in public accommodations.   

It’s been 55 years since the 1964 Civil Rights Act was signed into law. As we celebrate Black History Month, AFGE wants to honor those who fought and made sacrifices so all of us can live in a better society and challenge ourselves to live up to our own ideals that all people are created equal…. https://bit.ly/2tATDsi

 

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