Lacy Carrole Streeter, an alumnus of North Carolina College at Durham and native of Greenville, N.C., passed away on Friday, Jan. 11. He is remembered as being actively involved in the Civil Rights movement in Durham. While at North Carolina College, Streeter was NAACP NCC chapter president and served as SGA president in 1960.
On Feb. 6, 1960, an organizing meeting was held in the freshmen bowl on the campus of NCC with the purpose of breaking, “the major racial barrier which exists in Woolworth stores.” When asked about the sit-in protests, he remarked the protests would be “hurting the cash register, and when you hurt the cash register you are bound to get results.” On Monday, Feb. 8, 1960, Streeter along with Callis Brown and Robert Kornegay led 17 North Carolina College students and three students from Duke University as they converged upon the lunch counter of Woolworth’s, sat in the vacant seats, and asked to be served. More information about the sit-ins is available here.
According to his obituary, Streeter was the husband of the late Anne H. Streeter; and father of Lisa and Lacy C. Streeter II. He is also survived by his sister, Alice Bullie; and brothers, James and Julius Streeter; and a host of relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 26, at First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 602 N Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.