Black History Month: Nyheim Hines’ Family Connection To Martin Luther King Jr., Greensboro Sit-In

Those four students returned the next day with more students from local schools. Five days into the peaceful protest, approximately 300 students had jammed into Woolworth’s. By the start of April, Black and white folks alike in 55 cities across the country, inspired by the original Greensboro Sit-In, had “joined in various forms of peaceful protest against segregation in libraries, beaches, hotels and other establishments,” according to

Hines’ grandfather, also a student at North Carolina A&T, was right there with them, and would later recall the courage of those facing wrongful arrest, vile, racist words of hate, and even the threat of violence, just to peacefully get their point across.

“He was just telling me, like, on the property, you can be on the sidewalk, but as soon as you leave the sidewalk, you’ll be arrested,” Hines said of his grandfather. “(There were) people who were protesting peacefully, but as soon as they stepped over there, they were arrested wrongfully.”

March with MLK Jr.

Hines’ grandparents’ activism didn’t stop there. He said both his grandfather and his grandmother at one point took a train from New York to Washington, D.C. But why?

“(They) actually got to march with Martin Luther King,” Hines said with pride.

Nearly 60 years later, it was these stories that came back to life for Hines. He relayed the anecdotes about his grandparents back in late-May and early-June, when head coach Frank Reich elected to…

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