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Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the 'Greensboro Four'
Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the 'Greensboro Four'

When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky," he recalled to a reporter five decades later, "I would come back to my campus … in a pine box." The black teenager and the three close friends who joined him that day were not arrested — at least not that time. Nor did white Greensboro react violently to their "sit-in," although threats poured in. But that day — Feb. 1, 1960 — proved crucial. "With no prompting...

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