February 1 - 1960 - The Greensboro Sit-In Begins
When Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr, and David Richmond sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter, they were seeking to do more than simply get some food. They were directly challenging the segregationist laws and practices of the Jim Crow South. Although their protest effort was a little more than four years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Civil Rights Movement had slowed down somewhat. By sitting at the Woolworth's lunch counter and refusing to leave, the four young men helped kick off a new chapter in the Civil Rights Movement. The next day, dozens of fellow students and a small contingent of the media show up when the sit-in is continued the next day. The Greensboro sit-in would then be a model for students in the rest of the state and then the rest of the South. The embrace of the principles of nonviolent resistance by the Greensboro sit-in helped lead a new successful wave of protests against Jim Crow laws.