Sit-ins By: Haileigh Norling

What do you need to know about the sit-in: The African Americans wanted a peaceful protest to stand up for what is right, so they did sit-ins for a peaceful strategy. The black community was being oppressed by white people and they wanted a change that would happen fast. The most known sit-in was in 1960 in WoolWorth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

What was the sit-in trying to accomplish: The African Americans wanted to stop segregation believed that if the white community were the only ones acting violent it would show the world the righteousness they caused the african american community.

Who was involved in the sit-in: Four black college students and white people that were at the store. Martin Luther King Jr. helped other african americans that wanted to stop segregation.

What kind of problems did they run into? How did they solve them: About 150 African Americans were getting arrested because of their peaceful protesting at the store. Martin Luther King Jr. sponsored a conference to talk about strategies for the sit-ins so african americans would stop getting arrested. They also formed groups like the STOKELY CARMICHAEL and FANNIE LOU HAMER. The CONGRESS ON RACIAL EQUALITY (CORE) because they wanted direct action and they also organized the sit-ins.

How this event still effects us today: This sit-in impacts us today because segregation is not something African Americans deal with everyday, it has got a lot better. And now everyone has the same rights and are all considered equal.

How the South Dakota Pipeline is similar to sit-ins: I connected the South Dakota Pipelines to the Sit-ins because they both were standing up for what they believe in and what they think were right. They also both wanted peaceful protesting and they wanted to show others that they didn’t want to act with force, so they will stay in one place and stand/sit there, but others would do harmful things to them such as physically hurt them, spray them with power hoses. With both events it caught mostly younger people’s eye because it will affect their lives more drastically than older people because they’ve been having similar struggles their whole life.

Citations:

The Sit-In Movement. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp

Cuevas, M. (2017, February 23). Dakota Access Pipeline protest site is cleared. Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/22/us/dakota-access-pipeline-evacuation-order/?scrlybrkr=25e047a8

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