On February 1, 1960, a group of African American students organized a nonviolent sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Woolworth's department store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over the next several days, the number of protesters grew and it captured the attention of media. This event ignited a sit-in movement throughout the region. View the videos below to learn more about this event and hear from eyewitnesses who participated.
Deena Hayes-Greene visited the Woolworth’s counter that sparked the Greensboro sit-ins in 1960, and discussed how the museum tells the story of the young civil rights activists who started the sit-in movement in Greensboro.