Sit-Ins began when backs were tired of being segregated from whites. They no longer wanted to be treated differently because of something they had no control over.
February 1, 1960 in North Carolina is when the first sit-in movement took place. "Four African American college students walked up to a whites-only lunch counter at the local WoolWorth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked for a coffee. When service was refused, the students sat patiently. Despite threats and intimidation, the students sat quietly and waited to be served" (US history). These events took place only when needed.
When races were segregated, rage broke out.
The purpose of this event was to prove that blacks have more power than whites gave them. The four students did not give up when told to leave, instead they stood up for the rights they should be receiving. During a Sit-In, whites were violent towards blacks. Blacks did not fight back, instead they took their punishment. The purpose of this was to show that blacks were not violent, only whites were. This led to some people feeling bad for the way black people were treated and helped them realize the hard life white people have created for them.
Black Lives Matter
Today, we still have race segregation. In result, black lives matter protests take place. Many people believe that blacks are often treated differently than whites. For example, events involving police. Police Officers are often accused of handling a situation in a certain way depending on a persons race.
Sit-Ins and Black Lives Matter protests are similar in many ways. They are both events based on people sticking up for themselves. Also, they were both started because of an unfair act regarding racial segregation.
Protestors used posters to show their anger.
The Sit-In Movement. (2008). Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp