notes on government, sports and popular culture
I didn't make it downtown to the civil rights festivities. I planned to, but the morning got away from me, as they so often do.
Instead, I thought about the 30th anniversary re-enactment in 1990, which I went and checked out. I remember describing the scene to the same sociology class that Norman was in, though I can't remember whether or not he'd disappeared by this time.
The Woolworth's was still open at the time, and everyone -press and public-crowded into the lunch counter early on a cold morning. Everyone suddenly grew quiet, then broke into applause. David Richmond, dressed in a nice business suit and holding a wool hat in his hand, led his old buddies Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain and Jibreel Khazan through the crowd toward the counter, where they took a seat, drank coffee, and calmly answered questions.
When I read later in the year that David Richmond died
, I knew I had witnessed a historic moment. While I wasn't there the first time the Greensboro Four sat at the lunch counter, I was there the last time.