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Greensboro Sit-ins - Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

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Key Players

Warmoth T. Gibbs Sr.

Former president of A&T. Native of Baldwin, Louisiana. Harvard graduate.
One of the first black commissioned officers in WWI. Gibbs arrived at A&T in 1926 as dean of men and instructor of military science. He became dean of the School of Education and Science in 1929. When A&T president F.D. Bluford died in 1955, Gibbs became acting president. He served as president from 1956- 1960. During his presidency, A&T became accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 1966, he published the first history of A&T. During the sit-ins in 1960, city leaders asked Gibbs to keep students on campus. Gibbs replied, "We teach our students how to think, not what to think." Gibbs died April 19, 1993, at age 101.

Audio (MP3)

Why the sit-ins were significant to A&T(1:04)
How Gibbs handled the sit-ins(2:16)
Gibbs says police handled sit-ins well (:28)
Earlier A&T racial movements (1:04)
Greensboro businessmen helped in the movement (1:30)



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