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.
Watch the Jail No Bail documentary below.
For more information on the Friendship Nine, visit the following stories:
- Friendship 9 Member Discusses the Civil Rights Movement
- Remembering Friendship Nine Member James Wells (Radio)
- Freedom Walkway Honors South Carolina Civil Rights Heroes
- A Counter Protest from History and the Rebirth of a Fabled Rock Hill Restaurant (Radio)
- Storytime with SCETV: No Fear for Freedom
- KnowItAll.org - Friendship Nine Collection