Greensboro VOICES: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hermann J. Trojanowski, Interim University Archivist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: On February 1, 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina became the epicenter for the civil rights movement in the United States when four African American students from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State College (NC A&T) entered the segregated F.W. Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro and requested to be served at the whites-only lunch counter. In the following days and months, demonstrations spread across not only North Carolina but across the South where other sit-ins were held to obtain racial equality through peaceful protests. This history is documented on the “Greensboro VOICES” Web site,, which was created by the University Archives and the Digital Projects Office at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to trace the struggle for civil rights in Greensboro and the surrounding area. “Greensboro VOICES” (an acronym for “Voicing Observation in Civil Rights and Equality Struggles”) gives voice to those in the civil rights struggle by making 142 oral history interviews as well as biographical sketches of each interviewee available to students and scholars.

Additional Information

Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists Vol 5, Issue 2 (August 2009)
Language: English
Date: 2009
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State College, civil rights movement, civil rights demonstrations, University Archives, preservation, History

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