Spot where the first sit-in took place and helped changed history.
During the 1950's, discrimination was still going on. Americans were not happy with living or working equally as blacks. In the 1950's Jim Crow laws "separate but equal" were passed by a majority of states. These laws authorized legal punishments for associating with the opposite race. This caused The Civil Rights Movement to begin and it started gaining popularity. The sit-in movement started in the 1960's and this was one of the non violent strategies that people used in order to gain supporters for equality.
This first happened in North Carolina on February 1, 1960, when African American students refused to leave the lunch counter until they were served food.
They were trying to protest in a non violent way. By doing their sit ins, it showed that black people should be allowed to be served in the same area as whites were. Not only was it meant for just having equality in the restaurant but equality everywhere in the country. Fighting for their rights meant change and that was what they wanted. The sit-in tactic helped integrate other facilities. By August 1961, an estimated 70,000 people had participated in sit-ins across the country.