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Sit Ins

On February 1, 1960, four college students—Ezell A. Blair Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain—initiated the first sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The store manager ignored the protestors, hoping they would leave. The next day 27 more students came to protest. By February 5th, a total of 300 students had arrived, igniting a mass movement of sit-ins for desegregation throughout the South. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Earlier Event: January 30
Gandhi Assassinated
Later Event: February 2
Smalltown Gathering