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Monday, February 1, 2010

Black History Month: 50 years after the Civil Rights”Sit-in”

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By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement had gained strong momentum. The nonviolent measures employed by Martin Luther King Jr. helped African American activists win supporters across the country and throughout the world.
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On February 1, 1960, a new tactic was added to the peaceful activists’ strategy. Four African American NC Agriculture and Technical State University students walked up to a whites-only lunch counter at the local Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked for coffee. When service was refused, the students sat patiently. Despite threats and intimidation, the students sat quietly and waited to be served.
The civil rights sit-in was born.

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