Please join us as we screen the documentary, February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. On February 1, 1960, four young college freshmen began a sit-in movement at the Greensboro North Carolina Woolworth to protest the store's segregated lunch counters. In one remarkable day, their actions changed history. Their courageous acts changed North Carolina customs and laws, but also served as a blueprint for other non-violent protests throughout the South.The film offers an intimate profile of the four men, their friendship, and how their actions inspired and changed the country.
Inspired by the Greensboro Four, Virginia Union University students launched their own protests against the segregated stores of downtown Richmond.On February 22, 1960, thirty-four students were arrested while protesting the Thalhimer's store on charges of trespassing. Known as the "Richmond 34," their case went to the U.S Supreme Court, where they were declared innocent - a major victory for the Civil Rights Movement in Richmond.
Following the film, Rev. Leroy Bray, Jr. and Elizabeth Rice - both members of the Richmond 34 - will share their stories of the Richmond sit-in movement. Dr. Raymond Hylton, professor at Virginia Union University, will discuss the impact of their actions on the community.
The free program will be held at Club 533, 700 N. 3rd Street Richmond VA 23219. There is a free parking lot and street parking available.