The Civil Rights Movement: The Sit-In Movement

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The fight for legal segregation from African American communities started at the earliest years of the 19th century. Through protests, sit-ins, boycotts, rebellion, and civil rights movements, the tactics of disobedience grew throughout the mid 1900’s when segregation was at an all time high. The approach from African American communities was strictly to remain non-violent; however, through disobedience, came destruction.

With hundreds of black students from local universities risking injury by sitting nonviolently at whites-only lunch counters, it had become more and more difficult to claim that both white and black people would be content with the Southern Way of Life if outsiders would just stop interfering. To put it another way, black people—particularly, young black people—got tired of waiting and took matters into their own hands. As many critics within the movement saw the Freedom Rides, a group of outsiders had come up with a way of reinvigorating the old lie about a peaceful South being beset by outside agitators—leaving the locals to deal with whatever repercussions were left behind.

The non-violent techniques used by the protestors were greatly influenced by Gandhi who used neutrality as a strategy to gain national attention and bring awareness. The sit-in movement, though, had an almost romantic appeal—polite,
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As a result action for Civil Rights became widespread throughout the country which led to people to take up for African American rights. (“Significance of the Freedom Riders In the Civil Rights Movement”) Over the next few months, several hundred Freedom Riders engaged in similar actions. In September 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations prohibiting segregation in bus and train stations nationwide. (“Freedom
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