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How Four Students Led the Influential Greensboro Sit-Ins

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Franklin McCain, of the Greensboro Four, advises that we cannot wait for the approval of others to do something that we know is right.

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In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter started a revolution.


  • NARRATOR - Anna Deavere Smith
  • Franklin McCain
  • Apostle Doctor Jibreel Khazan, PhD
  • David Richmond
  • Joseph McNeil
  • NARRATOR - Anna Deavere Smith

    NARRATOR - Anna Deavere Smith

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    Anna Deavere Smith is a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated actress, playwright and professor. She is the recipient of the 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues and a 2008 Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, Inc. Smith is best known for theater performances in plays such as "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles," both of which featured her as the sole performer and won her the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show two years in a row. "Fires in the Mirror" dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights Riot and earned Smith a nomination for Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993. "Twilight: Los Angeles" dealt with the 1992 Los Angeles riots and earned Smith two Tony Award nominations, one for Best Actress and one for Best Play, in 1994. Her recent play, "Let Me Down Easy," was nominated for the 2010 Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. As a screen actress, Smith has appeared in several films, including "Rachel Getting Married," "The Kingdom," "Rent," "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Human Stain," "The American President," "Philadelphia" and "Dave." In television, Smith currently appears in the recurring role of hospital administrator Mrs. Akalitus in the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie." Among her earlier television series are recurring roles on "The West Wing" (National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally) and "The Practice" (D.A. Kate Brunner).
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