The Friendship Nine was a group of #African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961.
The group gained nationwide attention because they followed an untried strategy called “Jail,No Bail,”which lessened the huge financial burden civil rights groups were facing as the sit-in movement spread across the South.They became known as the Friendship Nine because eight of the nine were students at Rock Hill’s Friendship Junior College. They are sometimes referred to as the Rock Hill Nine.
The first sit-in happened in February 1960 when four African American students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro,North Carolina.The movement spread across the South,reach Rock Hill on February 12,when about 100 African American students staged sit-ins at various downtown lunch counters.Over the next,year,several sit-ins were held in the city.
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