Sit-Ins Hannah Wiebold (Picture of black restaurant)

What is a sit-in?

A sit-in is where african american people would go to white restaurants and sit there until they closed or until they were served. They started in the south, mainly North Carolina A&T College when four black students sat down at a white lunch counter. More and more sit-ins were occurring after the Civil Rights Act was passed, in the 1960's. They were a form of peaceful protests that Martin Luther King Jr. pushed for.

(Picture is from a Georgia segregated restaurant)

Why did sit ins occur?

Sit ins were to peacefully protest the civil rights movement. Many people, black and white, were involved to push for equal rights for all. These sit ins were very complex so the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC) organized the sit ins in the south.

(Picture of a white restaurant)

During and After the Sit Ins.

Many people, during the sit ins, hit them, spit on them, kicked them, and knocked them out of their chairs. Many people did not want to do the sit ins because the people sitting down are not supposed to fight back they just had to sit there and take it. They knew they were fighting for a good cause so that pushed them to keep doing the sit ins and to keep pushing for equal rights. Now after the sit ins there are more equal rights in America. Those people had the courage to stand up for equal rights and eventually there are equal rights. Today, people would sit and camp in the streets in Minneapolis when a black person would get shot. People would camp downtown on the streets to show their 'respect' for the people who were shot. A modern example of a sit in would be on May 1st, 2017 St. Olaf students didn't go to class, instead they sat in the commons to protest racist threats against their black classmates. The sit in worked and the people who were saying racial threats got in trouble. Because those people sat in the restaurants and got beat up, people today have more personal rights. Also, there is less discrimination because of the powerful impact of sit-ins.

(Picture of a segregated restaurant)


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Walsh, P. (2017, May 1). Protest at St. Olaf after latest racist threat against black student; class boycott in works. Retrieved May 09, 2017, from

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