The times they are a-changin’

In January 1961, some people met up at a lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The blacks and whites did not know each other. The blacks sat down and requested service, and got thirty days in jail for their trouble. The whites showed up to hurl taunts, insults, eggs, and fists.

Forty-eight years later, a black man is inaugurated as President of the United States, and the local paper runs a story about the confrontation at the lunch counter all those years ago. Two of the white men separately call up the paper and say they were there, and are ashamed, and think it’s time to apologize. So the paper got some of these folks back together, and here’s what happened.