Today is February 1st and the above photo is of Feburary First Street, that tiny street that represents such a big event in the history of Greensboro. Just south of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, February First Street was renamed for the heroic event, The Greensboro Sit-Ins, when four students from A&T University sat at the lunch counter and demanded to be served. The back left signage in the photo reminds us that the heroic event took place at Woolworth. The big sit-in event happened on February First in 1960 at 4:30 pm, right inside this building. You. Are. Here. And it is beautiful; on so many levels.
As the nation enters Black History Month, Greensboro enters a period of remembering our efforts in advancing civil rights on February First, in Greensboro, in North Carolina and beyond. Last month, the world lost a great man, Franklin McCain. Physically, he won't be here today; however, his ideas will be here for a very long time. If you have time this afternoon, stop by the museum. Better yet, purchase a ticket and head to the 54th Anniversiary Gala being held at the Khoury Convention Center. A memorable evening will be had by all. Wherever you are, do something today that helps make the world a more just and equitable place.