All but one members of the Friendship Nine were from Rock Hill. After leaving Friendship Junior College, they joined the military, enrolled in another college or started successful businesses. All believe the "Jail, No Bail" strategy paved the way to an integrated America. Here's a look at each member:
Lives in New York. Retired in 2006 from N.Y. State Office of Children and Family Services. Age, 68
Workman grew up on Carolina Avenue Extension in Rock Hill and was a member of the Emmett Scott High School Class of 1960. He went to Friendship Junior College, where he continued to be part of the nonviolent sit-in movement that started in February 1960. After graduating from Friendship, Workman moved to New York and has lived there ever since. He spent decades working with troubled children, including assisting young people who were imprisoned and finding opportunities for them to find employment and a more prosperous life afterward.
QUESTION: Why were the "Jail, No Bail" actions of the Friendship Nine important?
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"I don't think people realize it was a great sacrifice. Those days were turbulent times for Afro-Americans. We faced great hostility. I look back on my life and know that what we did was right, and just, and it served to help other people have chances in life that they may not have had without protests. People following us could see, from what happened to us, that it simply was wrong to hate. I look back on what happened all those years ago and I am proud of every one of us for standing up for what was right and trying to make America a better place for all people."