“In 1960, four students sat down at a white lunch counter at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. What they were doing was illegal because of the color of their skin. It was considered rude, brazen, confrontational, and downright dangerous. Even the black waitress who was working the counter did not approve. “Fellows like you make our race look bad,” she scolded.
But history tells a different tale. The Greensboro action, small and isolated though it seemed, inspired a trickle of copycat actions. Within days, a few other activists performed similar sit-ins in Greensboro. Days turned into weeks, and the trickle soon became a stream, as stories of the Greensboro Four spread across the city. People began to whisper, "I can do that too... It's time for me to take a stand!" The stream became a wave. Hundreds of activists returned to the Woolsworth weeks later to perform a sit-in. National newspapers began to pick up the story.
The story of the Greensboro Four spread far and wide, far beyond the city of Greensboro. Then suddenly, almost inexplicably, the wave became a cascade - a cascade so wide and powerful that it would sweep over the country in a tide of direct action. By the end of the campaign, over 100,000 people all across America would participate in sit-ins, despite the risk of arrest, beatings, or even assassination.
Civil rights swept the front page of every newspaper in the country. People of all colors, who had previously accepted racial tyranny as “the way things are, and always will be,” were jolted out of their torpor by a brilliant movement for change." @directactioneverywhere •
We all need to stand up for what is right; against oppression of ALL forms. History shows, nothing is accomplished by sitting on the sidelines. Those of us who stand against inequality don't do it out of convenience. We don't do it because it pays the bills or because it's "our thing". We do it because it's our MORAL IMPERATIVE.
#EndOppression #BeTheChange ✊🏿
📸 @see.behind.walls during a DXE protest following AR Con two weeks ago.