feb 1, 1959 - Four African-American Start the Series of Greensboro Sit-ins
Four African-American men who were students at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical College, visit Woolworth in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they sit down at a whites-only lunch counter to order coffee. They are then denied service, the four men sit politely and silently at the counter until the store closes. This starts the series of Greensboro sit-ins that soon spread to college towns throughout the region. Many of the protesters were arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace, their actions made an immediate and lasting impact, forcing Woolworth’s and other establishments to change their segregationist policies.
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By: Maria and Gezell