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Black students block the (then) whites-only Blue Boar cafeteria with a sit-in. Louisville, KY, 1961

A sit-in is a form of demonstration in which protesters occupy an area to disrupt its operations (for example, by sitting down and refusing to move, hence the name), usually as a means to have demands met.

Sit-ins are effective because they bring a great deal of attention to the protesters' cause. Because authoritative responses often involve police brutality, a sit-in is effective in gaining public sympathy for the protestors.

Sit-ins were used often during the Civil Rights Movement.

Sit-ins are one of the primary tactics of Occupy Wall Street.

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