February is Black History Month: A Profile about Franklin McCain

Students in John Robinson's feature writing class at UNC-CH produced profiles (North Carolinians of Note) for newspapers to publish. The profiles are available on the ncpressfoundation.org website: /north-carolinians-of-note/ One profile focuses on Franklin McCain who was interviewed shortly before his death on January 9, 2014. McCain participated in the Woolworth/ Greensboro Sit-In, one of four A & T students who did so. If you look at the end of the profile, you will find a note about McCain's death. That note can be moved to the opening of the profile. Also consider linking to stories about McCain’s life and death that you ran recently in your newspaper. Images and stories from newspapers published during the time when the Sit-In took place are available online and through digitized historic newspapers. You may choose too to aggregate and make available for educational use stories and images about people, places and events in your community that invite close reading of informational text.  
  Three of the 200-word blogs sent daily by Cultural Resources through “This Day in North Carolina History” include background on protests that took place in restaurants or at lunch counters in North Carolina (printable in newspapers, with proper credits).
  • On June 23, 1957, the Royal Ice Cream Sit-In began in Durham.
  • On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s Department Store in downtown Greensboro and asked to be served.
  • On April 30, 1963, an NCSU professor and Liberian ambassador highlighted segregation in a Raleigh restaurant.
Specifics follow:
  • Posted June 23, 2013
Landmark Sit-Ins Before Woolworth’s http://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/?s=Before+Woolworth
  • Posted February 1, 2013
Woolworth Protests Launch National Sit-In Movement http://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/?s=Woolworth+Protests+Launch
  • Posted April 30, 2013
Ambassador Highlights Segregation in Raleigh Restaurants http://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/?s=Ambassador+Highlights+Segregationin+Raleigh+Restaurants  
  If you are looking for stories to publish or information to send directly to teachers, consider other content from Cultural Resources. Jeffrey Miles, staffer at the NC Department of Cultural Resources offers to provide content from the blog posts, “Reporters, editors, publishers, etc. can contact me by email or phone if they’re interested in running the stories/spots/newspaper quality artwork. I can provide large batches of copy and artwork at least a couple of weeks in advance of publication dates.” Contact Jeffrey Miles? jeff.miles@ncdcr.gov OR (919) 807-7482. Jeff provided this credit line for any published blogs: This Day in North Carolina History is a production of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online at www.ncdcr.gov. And/or: Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For all the blogs, visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/thisdaync. Use SEARCH on the site to find blogs on specific topics. When you search, use the name of your town or county or areas nearby to identify blogs about people, places and events in your community. EXAMPLES: Blog posts feature an African American journalist: October 24, 2012 (Civil Rights Advocate Robert Lee Vann Died) and August 29, 2013 (Influential Black Newspaperman, Robert Lee Vann). A November 27, 2013 blog dealt with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in Rocky Mount (Martin Luther King Jr.’s Rehearsal Speech in Rocky Mount). Other blogs deal with Henry Frye (First African American on the N.C. Supreme Court), John Coltrane (Jazz Icon), James E. Shepard (Founder of North Carolina Central University), Ella Baker (Founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee or SNCC) and Charlotte Hawkins Brown (Founder of the Palmer Institute).  
  The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has made other resources on Black History available for educational use:

Questions or concerns? Email nie@ncpress.com.

Prepared January 24, 2014