More than 300 people participated in the protest, including three white women. It was too crowded for more people so they went to other stores nearby as well. The sit-ins started to spread.
February 4, 1960
More than 300 people sat in the Greensboro F.W. Woolworth to protest. There were people both races, including men and women. Members of both races were escorted off the premise by police officers.
February 5, 1960
Sit-ins spread in North Carolina to Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville and High Point. F.W. Woolworth stores in Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and New York had sit-ins.
February 6, 1960
By the end of March, sit-ins were occurring in 55 cities, in 12 states, nationwide. The goal was to end segregation and bring attention to it.
End of March, 1960
NAACP legal counsel Thurgood Marshall urged attendees not to compromise. The protests strengthened after an economic boycott of the two stores. The previous day F.W. Woolworth stores and Kress stores officially closed their lunch counters.
April 3, 1960 Bennet College
The first four black Americans eat at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter. The following day, F.W. Woolworth became desegregated. These sit-ins inspired many other acts that challenged segregation and led to desegregation.
July 25, 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina F.W. Woolworth