Tuesday, January 31, 1961: The Friendship Nine

In Rock Hill, South Carolina, 10 black protesters -- 9 of them from Friendship Junior College -- stage a sit-in protest at the lunch counter of a downtown variety store. They are arrested and charged with trespassing and breach of peace. Under a new protest strategy called "jail, no bail," 9 of the 10 -- "The Friendship Nine" -- serve out a 30-day sentence at the York County Prison Camp.

* Summary (from Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement): @
* " 'Sing-In Negroes Eat Hearty; Say 'Jail-No Bail' " (Associated Press, February 20, 1961): @
* "54 Years Later, South Carolina Court Clears 'Friendship Nine' " (New York Times, January 28, 2015): @

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