White House Council for Community Solutions

  • Posted on Jun 21, 2012

    Ronald Martin, Robert Patterson, and Mark Martin stage sit-down strike after being refused service at an F.W. Woolworth luncheon counter, Greensboro, N.C. February 2, 1960. Copyprint. New York World-Telegram & Sun Photograph Collection. ©Bettmann/CORBIS. Repository: Library of Congress

    More than 50 years ago, a group of young African-American college students staged a sit-in to demand service at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, NC , and sparked a youth movement throughout the country. As the sit-ins spread, some young people were beaten and even arrested, but they were not deterred. As a result, they helped end racial segregation in America, and showed the world how youth determination and leadership can make a difference.

    I believe I witnessed the beginning of the country's next youth movement at the White House Youth Summit on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth on June 4.At the summit, I heard innovative solutions for the nation's 6.7 million opportunity youth who are neither in...

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