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‘We Kept the Fire Going’ Student Activism in Columbia’s Civil Rights Movement


By bhadmin February 6, 2020

On February 1, 1960, four African American students at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro sat at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter and requested service. Their simple demand for equality inspired a generation of Black activists. Young Black South Carolinians conducted marches, sit-ins and demonstrations in a determined campaign to dismantle segregation. In the above photograph is Lennie Glover, a Benedict College Theology student, NAACP member, and activist who was stabbed by a white assailant during a sit-in at Woolworth’s. Approximately four weeks later, Glover returned to Woolworth with a new sign, “This Store Bares the Blood of Lennie Glover. Beware of Woolworths”.