Students crossing Main Street in front of McCrory’s, March 3, 1960 (Image courtesy of David Wallace)
The Student Sit-In Movement in Columbia, South Carolina (March 2-3, 1960)
Inspired by the “Greensboro Four,” young black South Carolinians conducted sit-ins, marches, and other acts of civil disobedience to dismantle segregation. On March 2-3, 1960, hundreds of black students from Allen University and Benedict College marched to Main Street in protest, resulting in the closure of Woolworth’s, S.H. Kress, and other stores. Over the next three years, these young men and women confronted the misgivings of friends and family, defied unrestrained opposition, and braved occasional violence in an epic struggle for fundamental human rights.