Friday, August 05, 2005

UNCG Jackson Library Constructs Online Civil Rights Database

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According to an article published August 3, 2005, on the website of the UNCG newspaper, The Carolinian, Jackson Library is beginning to construct an online database of Civil Rights Movement records and documents. The Jackson Library, located at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received a $10,000 grant from the Greensboro Community Foundation to make "all the transcripts from interviews, information, pictures and documents available online for the public." According to the article, "The interviews were done between the 1970's and 1990's by the public library regarding the Woolworth sit in and those involved." The Civil Rights Movement caught fire after the 1960 sit-in of the Woolworth Store in downtown Greensboro. The students participating in the sit-in attended the second of Greensboro's two state schools: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, a historically African-American institution of higher education. A short time after the Greensboro sit-in, one also occured at the Woolworth Store in Downtown Winston-Salem. ===== One has to wonder, with the new interest in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, whether or not people in Greensboro and Winston-Salem will embrace equality for all, or just keep equality something that is reserved for only a select few. We mustn't forget about the inequalities of our own day: Those which effect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender American citizenry.