Remembering a productive crime committed by nine black men on this date in 1960. The real crime, of course, was that sitting in a diner was considered a crime. In journalist Leoneda Inge's report on the anniversary, Clyde Perry describe segregated public services as something that was part of everyday experience when he was growing up in North Carolina. Nonetheless, the time had come to challenge those norms, so they did what was both right and unlawful.
This story describes how Chapel Hill -- especially the public library -- continues to honor their bravery. The local public-radio version
of the story provides a bit more detail.
|The four surviving members pose near the site of the former lunch counter. |
L-R: Albert Williams, David Mason, Jr., Jim Merritt and Clyde Perry
Photo: Leoneda Inge, WUNC
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