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By Julian Bond:
“Strong people don’t need strong leaders,” Ella Baker told us. We were strong people. We did strong things. I want to talk about some of the things we did.
It began for me as it did for many more. On February 4, 1960, I was sitting in a cafe near my college campus in Atlanta, Georgia, a place where students went between or instead of classes. A student named Lonnie King approached me. He held up a copy of that day’s Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta’s daily black newspaper. The headline read: “Greensboro Students Sit-in for Third Day!”