by Dr. Troy Kickler
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, North Carolina History Curriculum Project
February 1, 1960 | Four African-American students from NC A&T were refused service at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro. They had ordered coffee. Their action inspired a wave of sit-ins across the Southeast. In North Carolina, sit-ins occurred at Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, Durham, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Soon, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee evolved out of the sit-in movement. It began at Shaw University.