Monday, January 19th, 2009
Last night while at The Root party in DC at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I realized I was standing in from of the Greensboro Lunch Counter, where in 1960, four African American students sat down at this counter and asked for service. Their request was refused. They didn’t budge, and the youth-led movement to challenge inequality in the South had just lit a vital fire. This image snapped from my phone seems like a fitting one for Martin Luther King Day—telling one of the greatest personal stories of our time.