BC: The End
FC: Sit - Ins | The Greensboro
1: ... don't you ever, ever stereotype anybody in this life until you at least experience them and have the opportunity to talk to them. I'm even more cognizant of that today — situations like that — and I'm always open to people who speak differently, who look differently, and who come from different places... -Franklin McCain
2: Woolworth's Lunch Counter, Greensboro, N.C. February 1, 1960
4: David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeill and Ezell Blair Jr.
5: Four Black college students made history on February 1, 1960. They believed in the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; they decided to practice his idea of peaceful protest and non-violence regarding the segregation that was common in the Southern United States.
6: More and more students across the South copied the Greensboro example of direct action. By February 7th, there were 54 sit-ins throughout the South in 15 cities in 9 states.
7: One of the reasons that Greensboro was so important to the Civil Rights movement is that the press took a great interest in it and the protest was fully reported around the country. The sit-ins did have some impact. Stores in Atlanta, the city most associated with King, desegregated. The Woolworth’s at Greensboro eventually agreed to desegregate its food counter in July 1960 having lost $200,000 dollars of business or 20% of its anticipated sales. Over 70,000 people took part in the sit-ins. They even spread to northern states such as Alabama and Ohio and the western state of Nevada. Sit-ins protested about segregated swimming pools, lunch counters, libraries, transport facilities, museums, art galleries, parks and beaches. By simply highlighting such practices, the students can claim to have played a significant part in the history of the civil rights movement.