On August 19, 1958, members of the NAACP Youth Council occupied seats at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter in downtown Oklahoma City and politely asked to be served. When denied service, the students remained seated in a peaceful protest. After three days of the student sit-in, the management of Katz Drug Store agreed to serve them and it became an integrated lunch counter. This was the first direct action in a struggle for civil rights that would last six years.