As spring approached the A& T protesters had expanded the protest to Kresses which also had a segregated lunch counter. Arrest were now being made for trespassing.
The academic school year was now coming to an end and college students would be going home for the summer. The protest however would continue with the arrival of the mighty, mighty Dudley High School Panthers.
Seeing no end to the protest on the part of the African A merican students, the Woolsworth’s store manager decided to integrate the store on July 26, 1960.
Curtis and Mariah were happy that the protest had ended without harm to anyone.
There may not have been any physical harm suffered but just like the protesters behind the school desegregation litigation there were consequences experienced by at least one of the four freshmen.
David Richmond was born in Greensboro, NC and had graduated from Dudley High School where he set the state’s high jump record in 1959.
While attending NC A &T State University, he majored in Business Administration and Accounting.
David became a counselor coordinator for the CETA program in Greensboro.
After a threat was made on his life, as a result of participating in the 1960 protest, David left Greensboro and moved to Franklin, N. C.
Returning back to Greensboro to care for his elderly parents who had become ill, David was labeled a trouble maker for standing up for his civil rights. David had a difficult time finding employment. Eventually he was able to find employment as a janitor at a health-care facility.
Sadly David Richmond died in 1990 at the age of 49.
Mariah and Curtis off-springs, now with children of their own, supported the sit-ins but was unable to participate. Their daughter Sadie had graduated from Bennett College and was now employed as the Dietician at Palmer Memorial lnstitute,
along with her husband Charles Bundrige. The youngest daughter Marie was now married to Frank Morris.
They had two kids, and Frank was employed at P. Lorrilard Tobacco Company working the third shift. During the day, Frank attended NC A &T working on an accounting degree.
Their son Curtis Jr. had married Alice Webb and they had four children of their own. Their youngest child would have the pleasure of working with David Richmond in the Ceta Program.
Bill and Shirley had eight kids. Jesse,their second oldest daughter was now a student at Dudley H igh School. Bill and Shirley’s beautiful and eloquent daughter had been inspired by the sit-in movement. So were other young African Aamericans including Jesse Jackson who became president of A&T’s student body. Later in life, he would be the first A frican American to run for the President of the United States. As student body president, Jesse Jackson would lead a protest to desegregate the Mayfair and S&W Cafeterias. Jesse Bailey would be one of the participants. After receiving her parents blessings to join the protest she and other protesters including Jesse Jackson were arrested in downtown Greensboro in 1963.
This was very distressful to Curtis and Mariah. By now young African Americans all over the United States were protesting and standing up for their rights.
Bull Connors, the police commissioner from Birmingham, Alabama was providing daily evening news coverage as he attacked the non-violent protesters with dogs and water hoses.
Curtis and Mariah, immediately posted bail for their granddaughter.
Please join us tomorrow on Febone1960.net as we continue our exploration of the non-violent protest.
I’m Yvonne Johnson, the first black elected Mayor of Greensboro, NC.
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