Honoring The Lunch Counter Protests
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Lunch counter sit-ins became popular forms of peaceful protests in 1960.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, Black students asked for service but were denied at a time when segregation was law.
Those same students remained in their seats, while enduring verbal and physical abuse.
On February 19, 1960, Chattanooga joined the wave of lunch-counter sit-ins.
Students from Howard High School targeted four businesses on North Market Street.
These were their rules: Leave seats between them empty, there would be no profanity or loud talking, and they would make small purchases.
That's when the students experienced something no one else in the South had during the sit-ins. Firefighters sprayed water on them as a way to shut down the protests.
The fight would not end, and it paid less than six months later.
On August 5, 1960, black diners were served at those same lunch counters for the first time.
Their efforts paved the way for Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed racial segregation.