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February 01, 2010

The First Sit-In


Fifty years ago today, on February 1, 1960, a sit-in staged by four local college boys at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. captured the attention of the country. Jean Howard was in high school when her older brother Jibreel Khazan and his friends decided they'd had enough of white-only establishments. Jean wanted to join in, but organizers didn't allow high school students to skip class or take those kinds of risks. Once she got to college though, Jean took up her brother's cause - protesting, marching, and sitting in for civil rights. Jean talks to Dick Gordon about growing up in segregated Greensboro, witnessing the birth of a movement, and how her brother, and parents, helped her take a stand. 



Trish Geran had just finished her work as a volunteer in the Obama campaign when she realized she had a fight on her hands in her own hometown. Trish grew up on the west side of Las Vegas, a mostly black neighborhood. As part of a larger development, the city had cut off F Street, the major thoroughfare between the west side and downtown. Trish decided to confront the city to re-open the street. As she tells Dick, it looks like she's won that battle.



In the spring, we spoke with David Walmer, a doctor in North Carolina, and Delson Merisier, a doctor in Haiti, about the work they were doing together to improve women's health. When the earthquake struck, Delson's home in Leogane was flattened. The second-floor of the clinic collapsed. Delson had just delivered a baby. He talks with Dick about the tough decisions he's made about his family, and how he hopes to help his community recover.

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