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At first they call it a "Sit Down," but soon everyone is using the term "Sit-In." Blair tells an interviewer: "Negro adults have been complacent and fearful ...
It is time for someone to wake up and change the situation ...
When the college students leave for the summer, Dudley High students carry on.
Finally, in July, the national drugstore chains agree to serve all "properly dressed and well behaved people," regardless of race.
Woolworth and Kress stores in the North and West are boycotted and picketed in support of the sit-in movements that are now spreading across the upper and mid South, Atlanta, and New Orleans.
And unlike whites, Blacks were not permitted to try on clothes prior to buying them or return purchases that did not fit.
The sit-ins focused on the lunch-counters and restaurants, but all forms of discrimination were the ultimate target.
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.
The young women seek information from the Oklahoma City NAACP, which had previously used nonviolent direct-action to desegregate local restaurants.
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.