WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – African-American civil rights leader Franklin McCain, who as a college student helped launch the U.S. sit-in movement against segregation at whites-only lunch counters, has died, his alma mater said on Friday.
McCain and three classmates from North Carolina A&T State University began the first of many similar peaceful protests around the country when they tried to order lunch at the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro on February 1, 1960.
The store denied service to the four college freshmen, but they refused to leave until closing and returned in the following days with more students to sit at the lunch counter.
“We had a common outlook to change the unjust conditions in the society that was pushed forward by frustration,” McCain said of the decision to begin the sit-in protests, according to a biography on the university’s website.
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