1960 October 17

Major Sit-in Victory: Four Chain Stores Desegregate 150 Lunch Counters in 112 Cities

 

In response to the sit-ins that began on February 1, 1960, several chain stores announced on this day that they would desegregate their lunch counters in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and seven other southern states. This decision was arguably the greatest single victory for the sit-in movement.

Photos and documents about the sit-ins at the University of North Carolina Library:
http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/exhibits/protests/sitins.html

Learn more: Iwan W. Morgan and Philip Davies, From Sit-ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (2012)

Watch an interview with one of the participants in the original February 1, 1960 sit-in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU2lfkz5-MU

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