Houston's First Sit-In, March 4, 1960
On March 4, 1960, students from Texas Southern University marched from their campus to Weingarten Supermarket and conducted a sit-in at the white-only lunch counter. This was Houston's first major sit-in and was one of several sit-ins taking place throughout the South in the wake of the Greensboro sit-ins that began on February 1st.
Backstory and Context
Seventeen students began met on Texas Southern University's campus and began a 45 minute walk to the sit-in location, what was then a grocery store called Weingarten (it is now a U.S Post Office). Along the way, others joined them. Like other sit-ins around the country at the time, they were insulted and sat for several hours without being served. Their efforts eventually worked: by the end of the year most of Houston's businesses were desegregated.
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