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The Civil Rights Movement Sit-Ins History were a non-violent way of protesting segregated restaurants used by a lot of black during the civil rights movement but, was challenging way to protest during that time. In 1960 the leader of The Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr had many non-violent ways to order a protest segregation such as the Bus Boycott in 1955-1956. On February 1, 1960 they used Sit-Ins that started with 4 african american college students who walked up to a white only lunch table at the local Woolworth's store in greensboro,North Carolina. The four students refused services and sat patiently despite the threats and waited quietly to be served. Since then Sit-Ins were born.

How it worked:

A group of blacks would occupy a place a place where only whites were allowed to sit and they wouldn't order food, denying other services/ profits of the restaurant. The blacks would repeat this until the business made it equal for everyone and unsegregated their establishment.

The Goal

Sit ins was a way to order to deny segregated business of making it a profit in order to protest against the inequality of that business.


The process would continue day in and day out thinking that, if they could disrupt the working hours and the customers enough damage to Woolworth profits would cause them to desegregate out of necessity to keep the business profits going down. It was a long shot, that could have taken months or even years to accomplish, but the four student were up for the challenge. After the Sit-Ins, the four college students joined the Greensboro 4 to create a boycott on the Woolworth's industry. Woolworths saw how much money they were losing and decided to desegregate their business.

Modern Day Sit-In

June of 2016 group members of democrats held a Sit-In inside of the capitol to protest against gun policy and get a vote. They had combined the sit in from the civil rights movement and modern day social media to show their cause. It became an act of heroism however was also seen as a controversial act by many other. After all it worked but, they prohibited the house from voting.


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