February One

Project Details

February One is a broadcast documentary and companion educational video and teaching guide that looks at the important story of the 1960 sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The film revisits this momentous event in civil rights history and reflects on how an act of youthful courage and non-violent protest forty years ago has played out in the lives of the Greensboro Four, Frank McCain, Joe McNeill, David Richmond and Jibreel Khazan (nee Ezell Blair, Jr.)


"We are going to do something tomorrow. We're going to shake the world."

On February 1, 1960, four young freshmen at North Carolina A&T University stood up for the rights of all Americans, when they sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro. The film February One tells the story of how that simple act of courage helped ignite the Civil Rights sit-in movement of the Sixties.

February One premiered on February 1, 2003 at the North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC, the black college where the principal protesters were students at the time. After competing at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in 2003, February One was broadcast on February 1, 2005 on the national PBS series Independent Lens. PBS rebroadcast the film in February 2010, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sit-ins.

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