Saturday, February 1, 2020

Google Doodle honors 60th anniversary of Greensboro Sit-in

Google's latest Doodle comes from a photograph of Collin's diorama.

Sixty years ago, four young students in Greensboro, North Carolina, staged a sit-in in a segregated lunch counter -- and began a movement, spurring sit-ins throughout the nation to protest segregation.
(According to Google, the Greensboro Sit-in is the most searched sit-in in history)

The layout in the Google Doodle is the work of Karen Collins, artist and creator of the African American Miniature Museum. The Google Doodle will feature a photo of a diorama that defines the.
Collins' job, made with her husband, Eddie Lewis, uses miniature dioramas situated in shadowboxes to record black background --"from the Middle Passage around Barack Obama and Kendrick Lamar," according to the museum's website.

The vision for its African American Miniature Museum arose during the"pain and distress" felt by Collins on the incarceration of her son, according to a blog post announcing the Google Doodle delivered to Mashable.

"For me personally, the museum was a means to turn the negativity to something positive and share the tales of our ancestors' strength and perseverance through hardship," Collins said in the blog article. "I want young people to learn about those that came before them who sacrificed to help make the lives they live today possible."

Collins expects the Google Doodle will pay homage not just to the Greensboro sit-in itself, but also into the modifications it sparked.

"I hope that when people watch this Doodle, at the start of Black History Month, they're motivated to learn more about this sit-in, the movement, and most of the stories of Black resilience that helped shape the world we are living in today," Collins said. "For folks from the Black community, I expect that they feel gratitude and pride and that they remember that we have the strength to construct a better future for ourselves and generations to come"

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