Lead: Beginning in early 1960, attempts by black college students to integrate the lunch counter at the Elm Street Woolworth’s Department Store in Greensboro, N.C. gave start to the sit-in movement.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Since the Brown v. Board decision by the Supreme Court in 1954, pressure had begun to build in the black community to take direct action to end segregation in other parts of society. Particularly galling were the laws providing for “whites-only” public accommodations such as eating establishments. Department and drug stores such as Woolworth’s, Kress, Walgreen’s and Thalheimer’s in towns and cities across the south provided quick food and cheap eating services, usually lunch counters as a convenience for customers, students or workers on lunch breaks. African-Americans were denied access to these counters despite the fact that they were loyal customers in other parts of the stores.

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