Civil Rights movement Sit-ins

Four college students sat at an all white lunch counter in Greensboro North Carolina

The sit ins had 70,000 participants resulting in over 3,00 arrests

I was the one that didn’t want to go down on Sunday night January 31st, because I was worried about getting hurt. I went home and said:

Mom, Dad, (I knew they were going to save me), no boy your grades are failing, no, boy, you better stay out of that.' But they went along with Frank and Joe!

[They said], 'You go down tomorrow, we’ll say our blessings for you. Oh by the way, I want you to dress like you’re going to church.'

[I said] 'I want to wear overalls.

[She said] 'Who’s your mother?'

[I said] 'You are.'

[She said] 'You do what I tell you.'

[I said:] 'Yes Ma. Okay. But suppose I get killed?'

She said: 'You’ll be dressed to kill! Mothers are always right.

Published February 2nd 1960

"Fifteen seconds after [sitting down] ... I had the most wonderful feeling. I had a feeling of liberation, restored manhood. I had a natural high. And I truly felt almost invincible. Mind you, [I was] just sitting on a dumb stool and not having asked for service yet," McCain says.

On February 1st 1960 these four men decided to put their plan into action. Their plan was to go to an all-white lunch counter and sit there for as long as they could. They did this to protest segregation.

The next day the four returned to the lunch counter, but this time they had 25 other men and 4 women. They sat there from 11am-3 pm studying.

By day 3 there were over 60 people (1/3 of whom were female) involved in the protest and they filled every seat at the lunch counter. Again they sat there for hours while the number of protestors increased.

At Harvard, students organized a sit in to protest the schools use of the schools use of fossil fuels (Harvard uses the most fossil fuels out of any college in the U.S) they did this on 2-12-15


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