On February 1, 1960, 4 students sat down at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina because they wanted to end segregation.
Image: Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro
Goal of the Event:
The goal of the sit ins was to get rid of segregation and gain equal rights.
Image: 4 college students sitting at an all-white lunch counter
Who was Involved:
Students and others were involved in the sit ins. Joseph McNeil, Izell Blair, Franklin McCain, David Richmond were the four students that started the sit ins. The sit ins eventually led to the creation of a movement.
Image: Joseph McNeil, Izell Blair, Franklin McCain, David Richmond at the sit in
The people participating at the sit ins faced police officers and customers that wanted to keep segregation. The African Americans at the sit in dealt with the white customers by continuing to sit and not using any violence.
Image: Protesters being harassed by white customers
The sit in protests eventually led to the removal of segregation. After the removal of segregation, anyone could be served at any seat.
Image: Black and white customers entering the store after the segregation policies ended.
An event similar to the Greensboro sit ins during the 1960s is the Venezuela sit in protests taking place today. They are alike because they both want change and they both do not use violence to protest.
Image: Sit in protest in Caracas, Venezuela