Black History Moments: The Greensboro Sit Ins Of 1960

Ralph Johns, a local white businessman, helped Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmon, Hoseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain plan the Sit In Movement at the F.W. Woolworth in Downtown 1960.

These four black students from North Carolina A&T State University sat in peacefully the counters demanding that they be served. They were never served because of the policy was to serve only white patrons.

Police showed up and could not arrest them due to the lack of provocation. The next day, they returned and brought with them more students from several other colleges. Many were arrested, although that started a movement in 55 cities and 13 states across the country.

On February 5th, more than 300 students returned to support the movement.

Robin Smyth-Osbourne, of London, looks at the Civil Rights Era all white Woolworth's lunch counter from Greensboro, NC at the "Separate But Not Equal" exhibit at the Smithsonian's American History Museum, May 15, 2004 in Washington, DC. The counter, where 4 African Americans sat February 1, 1960, is part of the exhibit in may May which marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Right Era US Supreme Court Decision. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)


Do you think that this demonstration helped race relations in our country, and what are your thoughts about race relations…we’d like to know!

Written by Marvin Ross