The Sit-In Movement Begins

Inspired by the first "sit-in," Ronald Martin, Robert Patterson, and Mark Martin staged their own sit-down strike after being refused service at a F.W. Woolworth luncheon counter, Greensboro, N.C.

February 1 - Greensboro, NC - Students across the country (including those pictured above) participated in the "sit-in" movement which officially began when four students, Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain, from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College sat down at the Woolworth's counter in Greensboro, NC. This nonviolent act sparked similar protests in libraries, restaurants, stores, theaters and public beaches in fifty-four cities across the South. Six months after the sit-ins began, the original four protesters were served lunch at the same Woolworth's counter.