As we roll into February and kick off Black History Month, we remember the four men who took a stand, just by sitting down.
On February 1, 1960, four brave North Carolina A&T State University freshmen were refused service at a segregated lunch counter of the Woolworth's Store in downtown Greensboro but their sit-in protests lasted for weeks and inspired others throughout the south.
This month and throughout the year, we celebrate these young men along with all of the other notable African Americans who have fought and died for equal rights for all people.
Those include not only the Malcolm X's and Sojourner Truths of history, but also the everyday maid, laborer or teacher who marched, protested, wrote letters and refused to simply take disrespectful treatment.
In Columbus, the contributions of African Americans to the city's heritage are truly a legacy.
The stories and personalities began in the city's earliest days with people like Horace King, who built bridges that spanned both the distance between shores and the distance between communities; and there's Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, the mother of the blues; artist Alma Thomas; musician "Blind Tom" Bethune, and many others.
To commemorate their courage there are local events, like the annual Black History Breakfast at the Columbus Trade and Convention Center on February 18.
It takes courage to take a stand.
Four men sat down so many could stand up for what they believe is right.
Thousands marched for justice 50 years ago. Please do your part everyday to take a stand for justice, for all.
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