Kamala Harris sits in seat that Rosa Parks used to protest whites-only policy at Woolrich’s lunch counter in 1960 that is now at civil rights museum in Greensboro, Carolina del Nord
Harris, the first woman and woman of color to hold the office of vice president, walked in and asked where Parks had sat, telling staff she wanted to sit there too.
Parks visited the center in 1995 and posed alongside the A&T Four – the four black men who in 1960 staged a lunch counter sit-in at Woolworth’s in Greensboro – a key moment in the civil rights era.
Vice President Kamala Harris sat in the same spot as civil rights legend Rosa Parks during a surprise visit Monday to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, Carolina del Nord
Vice President Kamala Harris sits in Rosa Parks’ seat at the lunch counter at the International Civil Rgiths Center & Museum Monday in Greensboro, Carolina del Nord
Vice President Kamala Harris adjusts a plate as she sits in Rosa Parks’ seat at the lunch counter that formerly was the Woolworth’s department store
Vice President Kamala Harris was accompanied by (da sinistra) Melvin Skip Alston-Guilford, County Board of Commissioners, Rev. Anthony Spearman and John Swain, the museum’s director
Vicepresidente Kamala Harris, the first woman and woman of color to be vice president, stands below a sign that reads ‘colored entrance’ at the International Civil Rights Center & Museo
Nel 1960 four black students – called the A&T Four – sat at an all-whites lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, Carolina del Nord – now the site of the museum
They were inspired by civil rights icon Rosa Parks (giusto), photographed after the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was illegal in. 1956. Parks visited the Greensboro site in 1995, 10 anni prima della sua morte
A Montgomery, Alabama Sheriff’s Department booking photo of Rosa Parks after she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger and was arrested in December 1955
Parks had inspired the four men – David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Jibreel Khazan and Joseph McNeil, freshmen at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College – by refusing to move to the back of the bus to make room for white passengers in December 1955.
She was arrested for her disobedience, which inspired the Montgomery bus boycott.
Five years later when Richmond, McCain, Khazan – then named Ezell Blair Jr – and McNeil sat down at Woolworth department store’s all-white lunch counter, they said they were inspired by Parks.
‘We’d always reflect on Rosa Parks,’ McCain told Greensboro’s News & Disco nel 2005, shortly after Parks’ Morte.
For the story, the A&T Four recalled meeting Parks at that same lunch counter 10 years before.
‘She said she was very proud of what we did, e abbiamo detto, “You laid the foundation for us,”‘ recalled Khazan.
Her visit to the site helped begin fundraising for the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which was built at the site of the former Woolworth’s.
Harris told reporters that she, pure, got to meet Parks before she passed away in 2005 all'età di 92.
Prior to the surprise stop, the vice president delivered remarks at Guilford Technical Community College and toured Thomas Built Buses, a company that builds electric school buses.