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Character and Place: How We Shape Home and Home Shapes Us

Race, Youth, and Student: A (Trans)formation of Characters from the 1960 Greensboro Sit-in

June 25, 2018
June 27, 2018


In 1960, college students walked off their campuses and into the surrounding community of Greensboro to claim their place as citizens and as human beings. This paper examines the case of the Greensboro sit-ins as a case of character (trans)formation through the simultaneous breaking hegemonic moralities and shaping of new moralities. Morally inspired and inspiring, these young, black students transgressed the normative ideologies to which they once consented as blacks, youth and students, and, consequently, transformed public assumptions about character.