Greensboro Sit-In Facts

Plaque of the Greensboro Four
Plaque of the Greensboro Four at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum

Introduction - Greensboro Sit-In

On February 1st of 1960 four young black college students sat down at the "whites only" lunch counter at the Woolworth Department store in Greensboro, North Carolina. White only lunch counters were consider legal at that time due to the concept that "separate but equal" did not constitute discrimination. Separation of the races at such places as movies, hotels, restaurants, bathrooms, and lunch counters was common in the southern states and was a means to foster racial discrimination and inequality. The employees working the counter, following the stores rules, refused to serve the four men and the store manager asked them to leave. The men bravely stayed until the store closed and returned the next day. This brave act was an extremely important event in black history and one of the major events that sparked the Civil Rights Movement. The sit-ins spread too many other southern cities along with an economic boycott of many stores that had segregated counters resulting in de- segregation of many of these lunch counters. On this page is a list of interesting facts about the Greensboro sit-in and the non-violent protest the sit-ins lead to. This information should be helpful to both kids writing reports for Black History Month and adults interested in this important event in black history.

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Greensboro Sit-In Interesting Facts

Results of the Greensboro Sit-In