The Sit-In Story: The Story of the Lunch Room Sit-Ins
"I had to decide that I was a Negro and an American, a Christian, a human being who wanted to be considered as a human being and who wanted to be thought of as a human being and who wanted to be thought of as a person who gave respect and demanded respect and in this way I saw the need for maturity." Thus spoke Peggy Alexander, one of four African-Americans who engaged in a peaceful sit-in at a Greyhound lunch counter. There were a few sympathetic white business owners, such as Greenfield Pitts, leaders who found the strength within themselves to sit down with nonviolent protesters to ask what they wanted and what they expected from the community. This recording, made in 1960, explores the controversy through firsthand reflection. Also featuring the voices of Martin Luther King, Jr., John R. Cunningham and Kelly Miller Smith.