On February 1, 1960, a sit-in against segregation occurred. Four African American students performed a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter in North Carolina, this event is also known as the Greensboro Sit-ins of 1960. This led to the sit-in of eight Florida A&M high school students at the local Woolworth counter for 2.5 hours on February 13, 1960. The children in this incident were not arrested. A week after this event occurred on Saturday, February 20, a larger group of eleven students returned to the local Woolworth counter in Tallahassee. The children in this incident were not as lucky as the children in the earlier sit-ins. The Mayor of Tallahassee and a police squad were waiting outside for these eleven students. The mayor asked them to leave and when they refused they were arrested, they were later bailed out by a local minister, Rev. Daniel B. Speed. The group of students were charged with disturbing the peace by riotous conduct and unlawful assembly along with five other charges that were dropped by the time they got to trial. All of the students were charged and could either pay a fine of 300 dollars or serve sixty service days. All of the students but three chose to serve the sixty service days.
On March 5, more Florida A&M students conducted a sit-in and then again on March 12. Not only were the African American students participating in these sit-ins, but so were white students from Florida State University. Around 240 students of both races were arrested during these events. Later in the day on March 12, about 1,000 Florida A&M students in groups of 75 carried posters and headed downtown, these students asked for the release of the students that had been arrested. The Local Citizen Council sent a group of armed white men to handle the situation. The students chose to turn back at that moment but not before six additional students were arrested.
In different parts of Tallahassee, students were gathering around in response to the arrests. During these protests the police used tear-gas on the students causing several to develop burns and be sent to the hospital. During these protests, the police only arrested African American participants.The governor then ordered students to be confined to the campus. The CORE decided to continue the sit-ins until December of 1960, they were generally alone and not supported. In 1961, the sit-ins had come to a standstill and the CORE chapter dwindled due to the lack of support from outside organizations.