What is a Sit-In?
Sit-ins are ways of non-violent protest that were used to protest the injustices during the civil war. This is when segregation was most popular. Blacks sat at counters in white seating waiting for service. Usually this made the owners close the counter meaning the were losing lots of profits. Resulting in maybe a change in the rule of service.
Goals of a Sit-in
Sits-ins goal was to be sitting at the white counter, taking away business from the restaurant. This was to try to force the owners of the restaurants to serve them at the white counter. This was to show they were equal as whites and could eat wherever they eat. This protest also gave hope to others that they have a chance to be equal. This was also to try to get public attention to inspire others to join in.
The History of Sit-ins
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction."
—Martin Luther King, Jr., "Loving Your Enemies," in Strength to Love.
This was the philosophy when the blacks were trying to protest the segregation laws. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led the charge in the non violent protests like sit-ins. He believed that violence by the blacks against the violence already used by the whites would not solve any problem. That only resisting the urge to fight and be the bigger person in the fight.