Fifty-six years ago today, four NC A&T students walked from campus and took seats at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, enduring insults and epithets while risking their lives to defy the social custom and legal framework of segregation. Their courage and imagination set off a movement that in time broke down barriers at the voting booth, in public and higher education, housing and jobs, while inspiring people struggling for freedom as far away as South Africa.
As evidence that the struggle is far from a relic of history, the NAACP and US Justice Department are challenging the state of North Carolina’s voter ID requirement in federal court in Winston-Salem today as the trial reaches its final day.
• Liftoff to Learning, a free, drop-in resource fair for parents of students getting ready for pre-K and kindergarten, takes place at High Point Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then again from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Mike Causey, a Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner, speaks to the conservative lunch club at the Golden Corral at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem at 12:15 p.m.
• The High Point Police Department holds a swearing-in ceremony in council chambers at the Municipal Building, located at 211 S. Hamilton St., at 2 p.m.
• City Manager Greg Demko briefs High Point City Council on City Project and Hi Tran in the 3rd Floor Lobby Conference Room in the Municipal Building at 4 p.m.
• High Point City Council meets in council chambers in the Municipal Building at 5:30 p.m. Agenda here.
• The Community-City Working Group’s monthly Doing Our Work program focuses on the topic of race and education. The session begins at 7 p.m. at Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 400 W. Radiance Drive in Greensboro.
• Winston-Salem City Council meets in the council chamber at City Hall, located at 101 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. Agenda here.