When four black students started their sit-in movement, they posted more than a momentary challenge to the segregated facilities at this particular Wool-worth’s store. They played a very important role in civil rights movement. The start of sit-in movement
The idea for the sit-in was McNeil’s. A freshman at A&T, he discussed the incident with his friends and roommates, and they all believed that it was time to expedite the process. On February 1, 1960, Ezell Blair, Joseph McNeil, David Richmond, and Franklin McCain, four students from North Carolina A &T, went to Woolworth’s lunch counter which was Whites only. They were refused to be served, but they could sit in the counter. Soon, the sit-in movement started. The spread of sit-in movement
After the first day, more and more people attended this movement. Eventually, over 90 percent of the students at North Carolina A&T took part in sit-ins movement. The action was “like a fever,” commented one protester. Within a week lunch counter sit-in movement were occurring in fifteen cities in five southern states. Over the next eighteen months the sit-in movement attracted some 70,000 participants (some of whom were white). The main idea of sit-in movement
Nonviolence was the central principle of the sit-in movement. And at the end the students in Nashville created a general code-of–conduct for the demonstrations. Protesters were to be courteous and friendly at all the time, they didn’t block any entrances or walkways, not hold conversations with people not at the counters, not laugh out, and not strike back if verbally or physically provoked. Indeed, nonviolence also played a very important role in the civil rights movement. It could avoid not only physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. The impact of sit-in movement
The sit-ins not only led to the desegregation of lunch counters, they sparked similar strategies...