A sit-in is a form of direct action nonviolent resistance that involves one or more people occupying an area for a protest, often to promote political, social, or economic change. The protestors gather conspicuously in a space or building, refusing to move unless their demands are met. The often clearly visible demonstrations are intended to spread awareness among the public, or disrupt the goings-on of the protested organization. The practice was frequently used in the American Civil rights movement.
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- It's not so good to refer to what you're going to do as a sit-in. That right there castrates you. Right there it brings you down. What goes with it? Think of the image of someone sitting. An old woman can sit. An old man can sit. A chump can sit. A coward can sit. Anything can sit. Well, you and I have been sitting long enough and it's time for us today to start doing some standing and some fighting to back that up.
- Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet," April 4, 1964