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Civil War: Based on African American and White People's Having Equal Rights to Life

  • Date Submitted: 03/25/2010 12:09 PM
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The civil rights movement was based on African American and white people having equal right in all aspects of life. During the 1960s there was still a lot segregation in different establishments such as bars, dinners, variety stores and more. And it had got to the point where a lot of African Americans where getting fed up with being treated differently. So finally, on February 1, 1960 four African American freshmen from the agricultural and Technical college in Greensboro, North Carolina went into a Woolworth’s variety store, they all bought a few things, and decided to sit down at the lunch counter that was reserved for the white coffee drikers.
At this point in time it was not ok for blacks to just sit where ever they want so things got a little hectic for the African Americans because they wouldn’t get up. They were not only refused service but they were also told to leave the store all together. However, they never left and sat there until the store closed. The very next day the four freshmen were joined by twenty more students. And by the end of the week they were accompanied by nearly a thousand student and they all stood around the counter. Eventually Woolworth’s closed until further notice. This display of action is known as passive resistance, or a sit in, this was the first time that segregation in a privately owned establishment, and attracted national attention to the civil rights movement.
This wouldn’t be the last time we see a sit in, the very next year picketing, boycotts, and sit-ins ended segregation at beaches and in restaurants. In a way the youth of the era are who started the sit-ins there were more sit-ins in other cities, African American students staged sit-ins in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and Fayetteville. On October 19, 1960 a large group of seventy five African Americans marched into the all white Rick’s Department Store in Atlanta and they all refused to leave while singing, “We Shall Over Come.” Martin Luther King, Jr. being...


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