February 13 , 1960: Student Activists Launch Nashville Sit-ins
On this day in 1960, African American college students and other activists began staging sit-ins at whites-only cafeteria tables in Nashville, Tennessee. Though their demonstrations were non-violent, the activists were attacked and arrested. Eventually, numerous department stores integrated their cafeterias.
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Photo: Sit-in at a Woolworths Lunch Counter, 1960.
Stand up. Sit down. And, as usual for us, show out!