Sit-Ins Nana Yeboah


What lead to this event happening?

The 1960s was a very prominent time for the African American Civil rights movement. During this time slavery had been abolished but segregation was very dominant at the time. The practice of separate but equal was strongly followed. At that time there was a lot of segregation. Black people weren’t allowed to eat in certain diners and there some diners were specifically labeled with seats just for “colored” people. African Americans were fed up and wanted to see change, to be treated as equals.

When and where did this happen?

In many southern states segregation was legal. One of those states being North Carolina. On February 1, 1960, four African American college students from Greensboro, North Carolina sat down at a whites only lunch counter and asked to be served. The workers at the diner refused to serve the young men. The men were harassed and threatened yet refused to move and sat waiting patiently to be served. That marked the beginning of the Sit-In movement.

Angry protestors
The greensboro boys


What was the event trying to accomplish?

At the time in the Civil Rights Movement nonviolence was very prominent and highly supported. The main goal was to peacefully protest segregation and to remove the separate but equal stigma. This movement was highly supported and employed by Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Women supporting the Movement


Demographics (what type of people were involved)?

Mostly southern African American men and women were involved. Many students from across the country also came together to form a Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organized sit-ins throughout the South. Many activists and activist groups were involved in the movement.

What important people were involved in your event and how did they impact the event?

Martin Luther King Jr. was of the most influential people in this movement. The four Greensboro boys were greatly inspired by his views and thoughts on nonviolence. Dr. King inspired them to stand up for their rights and to make a change. Many people were inspired by Dr. King which led to a increase in the movements participation.

Dr.Martin luther king jr.


What kind of obstacles were these groups facing?

Many were threatened, beat up, and pelted with food. There were many violent fights along with many forms of harassment. There were many arrests but that made them fight harder. When people were arrested others would take their places in their seats.

How did they overcome these obstacles?

Before the end of the school year, over 1500 black demonstrators were arrested. But their sacrifice brought great results. Slowly, as time progresses restaurants throughout the South began to abandon their policies of segregation and the separate but equal stigma depleted. The nonviolent movement's use of nonviolent tactics was viewed as a success.



How did this event impact today / What are the lasting effects?

The sacrifices that were made during the movement were very important and prominent. Without the event of the Sit-ins there would most likely still be discrimination in southern public places. sacrifices were made that made huge impacts today. if people didn't take action no changes would have been made. The movement was successful because of hard work and progression. The movement paved ways for many minorities and ethnicities in the country.

Black and white


What modern day inequality or event can you connect your Civil Rights Event to?

There have been many modern advances and many changes in civil rights. The country has came a very long way in equality and race. However there are still many problems that people are not happy with and protest. Protests are a way for people to voice their opinions to the world without being shutdown. A form of protesting that stands out are strikes. Strikes are very similar to Sit-ins. During a strike people refuse or stop what they are doing to fight for a cause and for greater results. Last year in Minnesota there was a nursing strike where many nurses stopped working and went on strike to protest the health insurance plans they were given. They did not stop until progress was made.

MNA Strike
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