Greensboro 4 Activist Visits AMHS Students

On March 8, 11th- and 12th-graders at Amityville Memorial High School received a visit from racial segregation activist and member of the 1960s civil rights Greensboro 4 group, Mr. Joseph McNeil.

After being refused service in 1960 at the five-and-dime store Woolworth, Mr. McNeil, along with three of his college friends, participated in a series of nonviolent sit-in protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, forming the Greensboro 4. This protest led to Woolworth removing its policy of racial segregation in the southern United States and was an instrumental action in the civil rights movement.

During the visit, students watched a portion of the PBS television station documentary on the Greensboro 4, which consisted of historical footage, interviews and reenactments. For the remainder of the visit, they listened to Mr. McNeil speak about his life experiences and asked questions.