Nonviolent Protest: Sit In's A sit IN is a group of people that occupies a place as a form of protest.
The History of Sit In's: Sit In's are a form of non violent protest that was first created by four college students. Their goal was to take up seats in the diner so white customers could not sit there and the diner would loose money. They asked politely to be served food, but were told to leave. They sat there and took the beating of white customers without retaliating. This first action sparked many other sit In's across the south.
Quotes: "The key signiﬁcance of the student movement lies in the fact that from its inception, everywhere, it has combined direct action with non-violence," (King Jr. 1960). "'The student movement focused on eradicating other vestiges of Jim Crow and experimented with new forms of nonviolent direct action. There were 'kneel-In's' in churches, 'sleep-ins' in motel lobbies, 'swim-ins' in pools, 'wade-In's' on restricted beaches, 'read-In's' at public libraries, 'play-ins' in parks, even 'watch-ins' in movie theaters...'" (Sitkoff 1960). These quotes show the vast importance of the students who sat at the bar. Not only did these boys change the resturaunts, but they sparked action. They sparked change.
This video does a great job describing the first actions done to creat this widely known form of protesting. Take note of the four college students goals, and where they ended up. Not only did they continue the pressure on the segregation laws, they also changed the restaurant, and set an example for other restaurants.