Have A Seat To Be Heard: The Sit-in Movement Of The 1960s

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Emily Alkire


"If you're white, you're all right; if you're black, stay back," this derogatory saying in an example of what the platform in which segregation thrived upon.' In the 1960s, all across America there was a movement in which civil rights demonstrations were spurred on by unrest that stemmed from the kind of injustice represented by that saying. Occurrences in the 1960s such as the Civil Rights Movement displayed a particular kind of umest that was centered around the matter of equality, especially in regards to African Americans. More specifically, the Sit-in Movement was a division of the Civil Rights Movement. This movement, known as the Sit-in Movement, was highly influenced by the characteristics of the Civil Rights Movement. Think of the Civil Rights Movement as a tree, the Sit-in Movement was not a separate entity away from the Civil Rights Movement. Rather, the Sit-in Movement was a branch of the Civil Rights Movement. For instance, the Sit-in Movement exhibited the characteristic of nonviolence that was first displayed in the Civil Rights Movement. Then, the Sit-in Movement contributed to the Civil Rights Movement's incentive, fueled by the actions of the intentional initiation of nonviolent protests. The Sit-in Movement had such a lasting impression in history that it generated a new way of thinking in regards to the topic of the Sit-in Movement when it was considered a current event as well as promoting new ways of thinking surrounding the movement over a half a century later.


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