Counter Histories: Rock Hill
02/13/2016 in: Arts & Culture
By G. Rawls
Counter Histories: Rock Hill brings 1961 to life through the lives and words of the Friendship 9 whose actions ignited a passion that rose into the famed Freedom Rides, bringing the United States closer to major Civil rights reform. The film airs Thursday, February 18th at 9:00 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.
On January 31st, 1961, in Rock Hill SC, the men who would become known as the Friendship 9 walked across town and sat down at a lunch counter. They were beaten, dragged outside, threatened, and sentenced to 30 days of hard labor at the York County Prison Camp. They were allowed no defense, afforded no rights, and offered no justice. Mostly students of nearby Friendship College, they held fast to nonviolence and “Jail No Bail.”
Director Fr3deR1cK is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated from Temple University’s documentary film program, and received a M.A. from Georgia State University in Communications. His projects span the globe from the U.S., Zambia, Romania, and Mumbai, tackling subjects such as the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania, a redeemed gangster in Watts, and now the story of the Friendship 9.
Counter Histories: Rock Hill is part of ETV’s Reel South series, produced in partnership with UNC-TV and the Southern Documentary Fund.