0 Comments for this article

Tags: , , , ,

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent, sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, has died in North Carolina. He was 73.

McCain’s son Frank McCain of Greensboro said Friday he died of respiratory complications late Thursday.

Franklin McCain was one of four freshmen students from North Carolina A&T State University who sat down at the “whites only” lunch counter on Feb. 1, 1960.

McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond returned the following days with other protesters growing to at least 1,000 by the fifth day. Within weeks, sit-ins launched in more than 50 cities in nine states. The Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro was desegregated within six months.

McCain became a research chemist. Richmond died in 1990.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comment on this Story

Related News

Pat McCrory arrives at Trump tower on December 7, 2016 (Photo: CNN)
22 hours ago
0 Comments for this article
Pat McCrory arrives at Trump tower
Read More»
Gov. Pat McCrory (right) joins Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on stage at a rally in Wilmington on Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)
2 days ago
0 Comments for this article
Trump to meet with Gov. McCrory Wednesday
Read More»
stabbing
2 days ago
0 Comments for this article
Mother, daughter found in NC well died from stab wounds
Read More»