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The Greensboro Sit-In

by: Naquee White, Greensboro, North Carolina

Defiance in the face of malicious bigotry shows true strength.

quote by: Seth M., 12th Grade, Booker High School, Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement

I wanted to convey a message about racial equality and black history, so I made a silhouette of a famous photo from the Civil Rights Movement. The photo is from the sit-in held at the Woolworth's lunch counter on February 1, 1960, in Greensboro. It shows four African-American college students taking a stand for racial equality by sitting at a "Whites Only" lunch counter. This was the perfect picture for me to use because the four males were students of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, the school I currently attend. I decided to keep the color scheme black and white to better reflect the era. I added the last names of each student on different parts of their bodies. I also added words throughout the photo to give the audience a clue of what was going on during this time in U.S. history. The "Whites Only" text in black is intended to be ironic. 

Lesson Plan Connection

Grade Level: Elementary, Middle
SEL Tenet: Public Spirit
Objective - Explore Andrea Davis Pinkey's book "Sit-In; How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down" based on the Greensboro Sit-ins of 1960 and engage in post-reading activities.
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