Greensboro sit-ins

1960 non-violent protests in the United States

The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of peaceful protests that happened in Greensboro, North Carolina. They happened from February 1 to July 25, 1960. Many of them happened at the F. W. Woolworth Company store (a convenience store).

There were four men influenced by non-violent protest. Ralph Johns helped put there protest together. The four men were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. They were inspired by the freedom riders. They planned their protest very carefully. By February 8, 500 people joined the protest. They sat at the table. They wanted to be served, but did not get served. The owners didn’t want the black people to sit there because they did not like the color of their skin. They sat at the counter because they didn’t care for there rules and the men wanted their food. The four men were students at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At Woolworth’s you could only sit on the stools if you were white. This started because these four men wanted to prove a point about segregation.[1]


  1. "Greensboro Sit-In". HISTORY. February 4, 2010. Retrieved 2022-04-03.