Greensboro and SNCC


  • Known as direct action
  • Students at college in North Carolina
  • Greensboro branch of Woolworths
  • 4 black students demanded to be served at whites-only lunch counter
  • Refused so remained seated until store closed
  • Next day 27 students joined in, day after 80 students, by fifth day 300
  • Some were arrested for trespass but kept going
  • Boycotted any shop that was segregated
  • Sales dropped and segregation ended
  • Students endured physical and verbal abuse BUT they did not retaliate

Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) (1960)

  • Founded at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Received $800 from SCLC
  • Organisation’s nickname was ‘Snick’
  • Continued with more sit-ins
  • Had some success but not loads
  • Expanded in 1961 & played major role in future key civil rights events of the early 60s