The civil rights struggle played out in Greenville

Need short introduction to civil rights section.

Timeline

  • May 1950: "Everybody's Business," a report published by the Community Council of Greater Greenville, finds that blacks are relegated to lives of blatant inequality
  • February 1959: Richard Henry files suit against the airport commission for forcefully removing him from the Municipal Airport's "whites-only" waiting area.
  • October 25, 1959: Jackie Robinson visits Greenville and is denied access to the same waiting room at the airport.
  • Jan. 1, 1960: Protesters march from Springfield Baptist Church to the Municipal Airport in support of Jackie Robinson.
  • July 16, 1960: Eight students protest getting locked out of the Greenville Public Library.
  • 1960: Lunch counter sit-ins held at the Woolworth's in downtown Greenville.
  • September 1967: Sterling High School, the city's first all-black high school, burns to the ground shortly after the school board votes to renovate it.

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