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picketers holding placards on street

Demonstrators, including many ministers, picket the F.W. Woolworth store in New York, April 14, 1960, in protest of the store's lunch-counter segregation at southern branches of its chain.

In 1960, four black freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina, entered the F.W. Woolworth store and sat down at the lunch counter.

They were not served.

The next day they came with 19 more students. Within two weeks, similar lunch-counter “sit-ins” spread to several cities; within a year, demonstrations were held in more than 100 cities in the South and the North.

Their commitment led to the desegregation of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counters on July 25, 1960. (Library of Congress)