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


  • David Deifell Clarke University


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.

Author Biography

David Deifell, Clarke University

David Deifell is an Associate Professor of Communication at Clarke University in Dubuque since 2015. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, he completed his doctorate in Communication Studies at The University of Iowa in 2003 and taught at a number of institutions Iowa, North Carolina, and Washington. A scholar of political communication and educational discourses, Deifell devotes much of his research on student movements and civil rights rhetoric.