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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
by Carole Boston Weatherford
paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue
Penguin, 2005
Hardcover, $16.99 (32 pages)
ISBN: 0-8037-2860-3
 
  On February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked to be served. Today, that wouldn't seem controversial, but during the years of Jim Crow, it was an act of Civil Disobedience.

Freedom on the Menu recaptures the event through the eyes of a young black girl who witnesses the event with her mother, then helps her older brother and sister in a voter registration campaign. The story is a celebration of the human condition and spirit to rise above conformity.

On the last page, the Author's Note gives a history of the Greensboro Sit-In with a picture of a sit-in protest at the Woolworth lunch counter including two of the original Greensboro Four -- Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain.

The author Carole Boston Weatherford received her graduate degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, the location of the 1960's incident. She is an accomplished journalist, writer, and poet. Weatherford grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and fondly remembers drinking strawberry floats with her mother at what was once a segregated department store lunch counter. She currently lives with her husband and their two children in High Point, North Carolina.

The illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his work in Freedom Summer. His artwork for Freedom Menu resembles oil paintings and are works of fine art. Legarrigue teaches art at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Joyce Dixon
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