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The Sit-In Movement, 1960

Four North Carolina A&T freshmen made history on February 1, 1960 by starting America’s Sit-In Movement at F. W. Woolworth in downtown Greensboro.


This Guide was originally created by Gloria Pitts, retired Reference Librarian and Archivist.  This Guide is maintained by James Stewart and Lee Love.


This selective guide is designed to assist you in finding information from the F. D. Bluford Library on aspects of the Sit-In Movement in Greensboro, NC in 1960. 

The A&T Four

On February 1st, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina, four A&T freshmen students, Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil & David Richmond walked downtown and “sat - in” at the whites–only lunch counter at Woolworth’s. They refused to leave when denied service and stayed until the store closed.

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