- Greensboro Voices: Voicing Observations in Civil Rights and Equality struggles
- Review of Miles Wolff's book Lunch at the five And ten
- Harris, Clarence Lee
- Date of Original:
- Greensboro Sit-ins, Greensboro, N.C., 1960
Civil rights demonstrations
- United States, North Carolina, Guilford County, Greensboro, 36.07264, -79.79198
- In this 20-page document, Clarence "Curly" Harris, gives a detailed review of facts presented in Miles Wolff's 1970 book about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, Lunch at the 5 & 10. Harris, who was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins, provides extensive footnotes refining and refuting various points with particular emphasis on how he and the F.W. Woolworth Co. are presented in the book. Harris is extremely specific about locations within the store, the timeline of the demonstrations, and about his store's sales and merchandising. He is also concerned with matters such as photographs being taken inside the store without permission and the sales decline that he attributes to the sit-ins. Harris stresses his own ethical strengths and those of the company and maintains that he was not opposed to integration per se, but to coercion and pressure. While the review is undated, it appears to have been written well after publication of the book, as Harris references store closures and developments in downtown Greensboro that did not happen until the late 1970s.
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- 8.5" x 11"
- Original Collection:
MSS141 Clarence Lee Harris Papers, circa 1916-1997
- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro. University Libraries