The Practice Of Segregated Seating At Woolworth 's Lunch Counters Gained National Headlines After The Greensboro

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The practice of segregated seating at Woolworth’s lunch counters gained national headlines after the Greensboro, NC sit-ins of 1960. Woolworth’s declared it would continue to abide by its official policy of following its’s local custom (i.e. segregated seating in the South). Even as they reported progress from time to time in the number of integrated stores in the Woolworth’s chain, they did not abandon the local customs policy.
On May 28, 1963, civil rights activists staged a sit-in at the Jackson, Mississippi Woolworth’s lunch counter to protest its segregated seating. John Salter, a white social science professor at Tougaloo College, sat with his black students Anne Moody, Pearlena Lewis, and Memphis Norman at the whites-only counter in Woolworth 's store lunch counter. Nobody would serve them. Some people wanted no trouble and left the table, leaving them alone. After the students had sat for a while, the crowd began to taunt them. Soon the space filled with an anxious crowd, whipping themselves up. A mob was forming. The mob attacked the protestors; punched, spat, and screamed obscenities. Some even poured hot coffee, syrup, salt, pepper, and mustard over the protestors until the police, who were standing idle outside, moved in.
Years later, Anne Moody went on to write in her autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi that when they got outside, police officers formed a single line that blocked the mob from them. However, they were allowed to throw objects at them.…

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