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In Greensboro, Civil Rights Museum Opens At Sit-In Site

When people stand up against injustice, they deserve to be remembered.

Fifty years after their brave acts, the "Greensboro Four" have finally been appropriately honored.

The Greensboro, N.C., News & Record reports that the International Civil Rights Center & Museum is now open in a building that used to be home to a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter.

As Jessica Jones of North Carolina Public Radio reported on Morning Edition today:

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, four black college students sat down at a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. The "Greensboro Four," along with friends and supporters, returned to the counter every day for six months until the lunch counter was desegregated.

Their determination to resist Jim Crow laws inspired thousands of peaceful sit-ins and helped to end official segregation in the South. On Monday, in the same building that once housed the Woolworth's store, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum opens.

Here's her full report:

There's extensive coverage from Greensboro today by the News & Record and other local news media. The Fox station, for instance, is putting much of its live reporting online throughout the day.

The museum's website, by the way, is here.

As USA TODAY reported this morning:

The lunch counter of 1960 was the equivalent of fast-food restaurants today. Hamburger chains were just beginning to appear on the American landscape. Ray Kroc had opened his first McDonald's about five years earlier; Burger King had gone national just the year before. People wanting a sandwich or a hamburger popped over to the lunch counter of department stores, drugstores and five-and-dime stores to have a bite.

Except black people.