(Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, Cont'd): The next wave of protesters included 29 young Black men and women, all students from NCAT. Once again the students were denied service, but the sit-in protest continued and grew throughout the week. By Thursday, white women from a local women’s college joined in the protest, as did many more Black students, as the protest spread to other lunch counters in North Carolina. Mobs of angry white men showed up to confront the non-violent protesters, who threw eggs, spit at, and verbally assailed protesters. One white man even set a protester’s jacket on fire.
The protests garnered national attention and quickly spread to other segregated states. By the end of the month, at least one Greensboro business, the S.H. Kress store, desegregated its lunch counter. And out of the protests, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed and would go on to be one of the most influential organizing groups in the Civil Rights movement. (Photo by Afro Newspaper/Gado/Getty)