On This Day: Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-In

More than an iconic image, the picture of young people sitting at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., to protest segregation and Jim Crow laws also sparked a new phase of the civil rights movement. Video clips, including activists, historians, footage, and pictures of the movement show scholars what it was like to be a civil rights activist. After this, they discuss: What is your "lunch counter moment?"

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer the video before a discussion on non-violent protests
  • Set up a four-corners debate on what class members would do in a similar experience
Classroom Considerations
  • To access the resource, create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Video connects civil rights movement to current issues such as the achievement gap and mass incarceration
  • Clips include a mix of vintage footage and contemporary sources to add interest
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