Greensboro Sit-In


Rosa Parks refuses to change seats on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, sparking a yearlong bus boycott spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr.

December 1,1955

Six African Americans, Dr. George S. Simkins, Jr., Leon Wolfe, Joseph Sturdivant, Samuel Murray, Philip Cook and Elijah H. Herring were arrested for trying to integrate the city's Gillespie Course.

December 7,1955

The U.S. Supreme Court outlaws bus segregation.

November 13,1956

Greensboro becomes the first city in the Southeast to desegregate its all-white public schools when five black children enroll at Gillespie Park School.

September 3,1957

Eisenhower sends U.S. Army troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce desegregation of schools.

September 9,1957

Conservative school boards across North Carolina used legal and administrative actions to block desegregation.


Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain launch the Greensboro sit-ins In 54 states.

February 1,1960

More than 500 students jam the Woolworth and Kress stores and the sidewalks in downtown Greensboro.

February 6,1960

Dr. Martin Luther King visits Greensboro to show his support for civil rights protests begun by A&T students.

July 11,1960

F.W. Woolworth agrees to integrate its Greensboro store.

July 25,1960