Larry Rubin - United States
Well, I didn’t grow up in the South, I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the things that motivated me really to go to the South was that in the late ‘50’s when I was about your age, there was a big movement across the country to boycott Woolworth’s Five and Dime. Not only does Woolworth’s not exist anymore, but Five and Dimes don’t exist anymore. But these were like stores that sold general merchandise, you know lots of different kinds of things, something along the lines you might say of a mini Target today, and they also had lunch counters, where you could sit down and get something to eat, except that they would not hire African Americans. So a lot of high school kids around the country got involved in boycotting and picketing Woolworth’s, which I did in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.