Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
Students from North Carolina A&T began their historic sit-ins at a Woolworth's counter in downtown Greensboro 60 years ago this week. It was a huge moment in the civil rights movement and one documentary producer Steve Crump is commemorating by focusing on a key participant.
Sixty years ago this week, students from North Carolina A&T began the now-historic Greensboro sit-ins at a Woolworth's counter in downtown Greensboro.
The sit-ins were a huge moment in the civil rights movement that set the standard for future nonviolent protests during that era.
WBTV reporter and civil rights documentarian Steve Crump has created a new film about the Greensboro sit-ins featuring one of the students, Franklin McCain, “Franklin McCain: Flashbacks and Observations From a Civil Rights Trailblazer.”
Crump will also release another documentary later this month about U.S. Repr. and civil rights icon John Lewis.
Steve Crump joins us along with another participant in the Greensboro sit-ins, and local historians to talk about these important events in civil rights history and why it’s more important than ever to hear the participants from these historic events tell their stories.
Steve Crump, WBTV reporter and civil rights documentarian.
Tom Hanchett, Historian-in-Residence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Rev. Dr. Ricky Woods, senior minister of First Baptist Church-West in Charlotte
Dr. Herman Thomas, one of the organizers and a participant in the Greensboro sit-ins.
There will be a screening of “Franklin McCain: Flashbacks and Observations From a Civil Rights Trailblazer” at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte. Details here.
You can also view the documentary on WBTV on February 21st at 7:30 pm.