Vice President Kamala Harris took time for a history lesson Monday while visiting the iconic International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC.
The museum commemorates the historic February 1, 1960 event when AT&T State University students David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan) and Joseph McNeil – also known as “The Greensboro Four” – at the all-white lunch sat counter at FW Woolworth’s Five-and-Dime. The nonviolent action “urged America to keep its constitutional promises of equality and civic inclusion,” reads the museum’s website.
The museum is now on the site of the famous Woolworth’s.
Some younger Americans may not be familiar with this act of bravery. African American students did sit-ins and refused to leave when they refused to go on duty. According to History.com, the civil rights protest spread to university towns across the south. The measures taken by protesters led Woolworth and other agencies to pursue a policy of random segregation. Harris’ visit can thus serve as an educational moment for people who are unaware of the monumental impact of the movement.
“Harris sat briefly at the counter – the original Woolworth counter – and then went to tour the museum with officials,” reported The Charlotte Observer.
Harris was in the area giving a business speech at Guilford Technical Community College, according to the newspaper. Additionally, she toured Thomas Built Buses in High Point to promote the American Jobs Plan. The main reason Harris’ visit to North Carolina was to implement President Joe Biden’s $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, according to News4Jax.
According to CNN, the roughly $ 2 trillion plan proposed by Biden will address American infrastructure in need of repair, such as roads and bridges. The president said the investment would create jobs and help the nation better compete for opportunity.