A reception honoring the participants in the 1960 sit-in that led to the desegregation of Winston-Salem’s lunch counters will be held Feb. 23 from 2-3 p.m. The free, public event will be in the lobby of the One West Fourth Building, located at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets in downtown Winston-Salem.
Feb. 23 marks the 43rd anniversary of the day that students from Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University were arrested for sitting together at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, leading to a desegregation agreement among local merchants in the city. Winston-Salem’s lunch counters were the first in North Carolina to desegregate peacefully, after 107 days of demonstration.
The event is organized by Susan Faust, communication instructor at Wake Forest, and State Rep. Larry Womble.
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