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.