Greensboro, the Sit-In Movement, and SNCC


Instructions:  Explore the websites listed below and answer the following questions about the 1960 Greensboro sit-in and the subsequent Sit-In movement.

·        SNCC and the Sit-Ins

·        Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

o       Introduction by James Farmer



1.       Provide a brief summary of the events surrounding the 1960 Greensboro sit-in, and discuss the impact of that single event on the larger Sit-In Movement to follow.











2.       What motivated the participants?







3.       How did Sit-In leadership and participation differ from Montgomery leadership and participation?








4.       What strategies and/or philosophies guided the Sit-In Movement?  How is Gandhi connected to the sit-ins?







5.       Why did many storeowners and merchants eventually give in to the sit-inners and integrate their lunch counters?  What types of pressure did they face?









6.       Discuss the effect of the sit-ins on the Deep South. 







7.       What organization was founded as a result of the Sit-In Movement, and how was Ella Baker involved in that formation?  What were some of the guiding philosophies of that new organization?







8.       The sit-ins were about “more than just a hamburger.”  (Ella Baker)   Explain.







9.       According to James Farmer, why were the sit-ins significant? 









10.   Which do you think was more effective, the Montgomery boycott or the Greensboro sit-in?  Why?