The program about the integration of Rock Hill’s high schools that was scheduled for Feb. 13 yet was postponed during a snowstorm has been rescheduled for Thursday at Rock Hill City Hall.
The program, called “Reflections of Our Past, Looking to the Future: Moving Forward,” is hosted by the city’s Committee on Human Relations. Events start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the program from 6 to 7. Rock Hill schools operated segregated high schools - Emmett Scott for blacks, Rock Hill High for whites - until some black students started attending Rock Hill High in the late 1960s and Emmett Scott was closed in 1970. Northwestern High School also opened in 1970, with both it and Rock Hill High integrated.
Several members of the Friendship Nine will also attend and be signing copies of the children’s book recently published about them. Books will be for sale.
The Friendship Nine, which included eight Emmett Scott graduates, were black Friendship Junior College students who spent a month in jail following an arrest during a protest of segregation at a downtown Rock Hill lunch counter in 1961. The men refused to pay the $100 fine after conviction for trespassing and instead chose “Jail, no Bail” that re-invigorated the civil rights struggle in America.