Sit-ins during the Civil Rights movements Are tHey affective?


The sit-in process was a more specified and deliberate form of boycotting. The sit-in movement during the civil war was utilized to deter the heavy segregation that ordering at restaurants presented. Blacks would go into discriminated areas where servers would refuse to deliver food to any of the blacks sitting down. The blacks would then proceed to deny the restruant the revenue from that seat. Often, these protestors would stay for hours on end with intense ridicule and public humiliation. This would not fight back to prove the point that blacks deserve service, otherwise that restraint should not get a profit.

How it started in the Civil Rights movement

Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Ezell Blair, Jr. all walked into C.L Harris's store, in Woolworth, expecting the lunch counter to refuse service to the four black freshman. The February 1, 1960 had little short term effect, but sparked a much stronger movement. This movement started a larger and structured campaign with participants across the nation. When larger groups of students started to occupy the seats, the manager would take legal action and call the cops. Immediately when the manager thought the turmoil ended, a new group of black students would take their place. The manager would not be able to compete with the crowd that was amalgated under the goal, to fight the injustice of the Jim Crow laws.

First Person Blog

"Can I please order one of your specials?" I asked politely to the man attending the bar. "Woolworth does not serve any negros. Please take your business elsewhere," the waiter responded. Nervous energy poured through me, even though this was the response I expected. I saw my other three companions filter in through the door, but I barely heard the same question get repeated. I closed my eyes, and saw the white crowd start to lift eyebrows, but remained inactive due to our minute size. About a half hour passed and I saw a crowd starting to mill around us. At this point we were exhubrant seeing that no cop had arrested our group of four. Joseph McNeil was on my right and he kept whispering over to me, "What's gonna happen," or "Are the whites going to attack us?" All I responded was, "God is gonna get us through whatever happens. We just need to make it through today." Finally, after about a full hour passed, the lunch counter closed and we left with everyone. We were courteous, and sent out our message with a relatively unspirited noon.

Slowly but surely, this campaign makes progress. After the four courageous blacks refused leaving without service from Woolworth's lunch counter, a new form of rebellion was born into the Civil Rights movement.

Everywhere, blacks felt discriminated against and hate felt. Many were scared to death about what was happening, and for good reason. Many wanted to fight, but just did not know how to.

This Walgreen's lunch-counter closes "in the interests of public safety." This is considerably less severe than some other actions that counters take. Some lunch counter call the cops, or allow beating of the sit-in demonstrators.


This video explains the air in movement, how it started, what happened, examples, and analysis.

Simplified comic example of a Civil Rights Movement Sit-in


"Taking a stand by sitting down" - A special report on the 50th Anniversary Of the NCA&T Sit-Ins in Greensboro, N.C.

This quote shows the symbolism of the sit-in movement. While the protestors were refusing to stand up, the power behind their actions is enough to bring someone to their feet. This quotes captures the spirit of the rebellion because in their actions, they would not relent to the ways of segregation any longer.

Was the Sit-In Movement an Effective Means of Rebellion?

The sit-in movement was another peaceful method to abate the discrimination throughout lunch counters and diners. This creative idea sparked feuds across the country, but effectively denied many managers significant amounts of money. While this advocation did effectively push a point across, it came with a price. About one thousand five hundred peaceful protestors were arrested in the first year the rebellion sparked. Not only this, but many of the demonstrators were jeered at, taunted, and had food items thrown at them. This campaign was effective, and the campaign was definitely productive, it was intense. I believe that the campaign was successful and worthwhile, but would have been tough to start for any cause that had a lesser passion. This method should be applied to movements that a nation can get behind.

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