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In 1959 I was fortunate enough to get an academic scholarship to A&T. There were many conspicuous forms that we could have chosen, but Woolworth seemed logical because it was national in scope and somehow we had hoped to get sympathies from without as well as from within. We had played over in our minds possible scenarios, and to the best of our abilities we had determined how we were gonna conduct ourselves given those scenarios.But we did walk in that day — I guess it was about four-thirty — and we sat at a lunch counter where blacks never sat before. The help, many of whom were black, looked at us in disbelief too. We asked for service, and we were denied, and we expected to be denied.Greensboro students form the Student Executive Committee for Justice to sustain and expand the campaign. On February 3rd, more than 60 students, now including women from Bennett who have returned from break and students from Dudley High School, occupy every seat at the Woolworth's counter in rotating shifts for the entire day.By February 4th they number close to 300 including white students from Womens College (now University of North Carolina) and the sit-ins spread to Kress and Walgreens lunch counters, and then to other Greensboro restaurants.Note that in most southern communities, segregation was not a matter of personal choice on the part of white business owners. Blacks who tried to use "white-only" facilities could be, and often were, arrested for violating a segregation ordinance (and in theory a white establishment could be held liable for serving Blacks).
Search results are sorted by a combination of factors to give you a set of choices in response to your search criteria.In this way they prevented the courts from overturning the segregation ordinances on appeal, and that allowed store owners to continue claiming that they had to deny service to Blacks because "it's the law." This cynical ploy was used to maintain segregation until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 eliminated all segregation laws. Photos Bennett College for Women and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NCA&T) are two Black colleges in Greensboro NC.See also: Sit-Ins of 1960-61 for articles written by Freedom Movement veterans. In the Fall of 1959, the Bennett College NAACP chapter discusses strategies and tactics for opposing segregation.YP advertisers receive higher placement in the default ordering of search results and may appear in sponsored listings on the top, side, or bottom of the search results page.1960 was the year of the student-led lunch-counter sit-ins.