Younger Generations Reflect On Sit-In Movement, Franklin McCain

7:17 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Many teenagers in high school today can't even imagine what life was like during the sit-in movement. However, schools like Greensboro Day School make sure every student knows what happened at the counter and how it changed the country forever.

"It's still very difficult to comprehend living in such an intense environment," Greensboro Day School Senior Zac Schner said. "We started learning about the Woolworth sit-in when we were in third grade...I know they just walked in one day and sat down. I know they were asked to leave. They just kept saying, 'No.'"

The Greensboro Four's refusal to leave is now in the history books. With the help of their teacher, the sit-in movement continues to inspire younger generations.

"I think it is kind of amazing to know that people stand up for what they believe in. It helped me know that whatever happens in life, I know that I can do it," Greensboro Day School Sophomore A.J. Spruill said. "It tells us how we, as America, have changed."

Schner added, "I've gotten the opportunity to sit at some of the barstools that were at the Woolworth's counter. It gives you a really good perspective of what those four men went through."

Students said they are sad to hear Franklin McCain, one of the Greensboro Four, has passed away. However, they know McCain has left behind a powerful, unforgettable legacy.

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