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.
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?