Connections: The History of the Friendship Nine (2011) | ETV Classics

The Carolina Stories documentary, Jail No Bail, premiered in February 2011. The 30-minute long documentary pays tribute to the sit-in that introduced a new protest strategy and turned the tables on the establishment, while at the same time reinvigorating the Civil Rights movement nationally.

The Friendship Nine consisted of a group of nine African American young men who were sent to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina on January 31, 1961.

P.A. Bennett, the long-time host of SCETV's Connections, discusses the history of the Friendship Nine with historians Damon Fordham and Chris Leevy Johnson in this 2011 episode. A unique aspect to why the Rock Hill sit-in received national attention could be linked to famed civil rights photographer, Cecil Williams' connection to JET Magazine. Williams fed a live wire of the events as they unfolded to this popular magazine.

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