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The Sit-Ins at Woolworth's, 1960

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The Greensboro sit-ins took place in a downtown Woolworth's store and that building is now the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Its website includes all the information you need to plan a visit.

Also, explore the Greensboro sit-ins in the North Carolina Collection of the Greensboro Library, housed at the Central Library, 219 N. Church St., and through reading these full-text newspaper articles from the 1960 Greensboro Daily News and Greensboro Record.

Books at Greensboro Public Library include:


Chafe, William Henry. Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. This description of the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro gives the background of the sit-ins, as well as a description of the events of 1960.

Owings, Alison. Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. The chapter on pages 37-48 is titled “Irma Jean Edwards Deals with the Greensboro Sit-ins at Woolworths.”

Sieber, H.A. Holy Ground: Significant Events in the Civil Rights-Related History of the African-American Communities of Guilford County, North Carolina, 1771-1995. Greensboro: Project Homestead, 1995.
This brief summary, illustrated by photographs and drawings, emphasizes the role of the Bennett College students in the sit-ins.

Sieber, H.A. White Water, Colored Water: The Historicity of the African-American Community of Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro: Project Homestead, 1993. This book is similar to Sieber’s Holy Ground, but less detailed.

Wolff, Miles. How it All Began: The Greensboro Sit-ins. New York: Stein and Day, 1971. This is a detailed description of the Greensboro sit-ins. The later edition is entitled Lunch at the 5 & 10.

Wolff, Miles. Lunch at the 5 & 10. Rev. ed. Chicago: I.R. Dee, 1990. This is a revised edition of Wolff’s How It All Began.

The story told through fiction and poetry

Alexander, Sandra Carlton. Impressions: Six Months in the Life of a Southern City. Baltimore: American House Book, 2000. In this novel, the author tells each section through the eyes of a fictional character.

“It All Started Here:” Poems, Essays and Raps Written in Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-ins: A Gift from Students of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools.
[Greensboro]: Community of Readers [1990] Elementary, middle, and high school students express the sit-ins’ importance to them.

Sieber, Hal. One February Afternoon in Greensboro. Greensboro: 2000. An award-winning poet wrote this poem about the sit-ins.

Also, visit Greensboro VOICES, a collection of 125 oral interviews housed in the Greensboro Public Library and in the University Archives of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The recordings, collected over the past 30 years, provide a rich resource for historical research concerning the Civil Rights Movement in the Greensboro area and interviews with individuals involved in the sit-ins.