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Welcome To The Friendship 9!

The Friendship 9 has a huge heart for the new generation growing up in this post Civil Rights era. They want to share their story with younger people to both encourage practicing civic duties as well as let them know how things use to be.

Their message: never forget where we all came from, and don’t be afraid to press on toward a better future by doing what is right. They tend to speak at a lot of schools, teaching kids of all ages what it means to stand up for something in a responsible way.

If you would like to schedule The Friendship 9 to speak at your next event, contact for more information. Or, if you would like to attend one of their speaking engagements, look over their calendar below.

In Honor of the Friendship 9!

Beginning in 1960, the Rock Hill McCrory’s, along with Woolworth’s and several other downtown establishments, was the site of several lunch counter sit-ins. Protesters (9 young men) from the nearby Friendship Junior College targeted McCrory’s and Woolworth’s on February 12, 1960, resulting in the lunch counters being closed for several days. The most famous of these protests occurred at McCrory’s on January 31, 1961, and resulted in the “Friendship Nine” incident, and garnered national attention because of the “jail, no bail” strategy. This previously untried strategy lessened the huge financial burden civil rights groups were facing as the movement spread across the South, ultimately changing the face of American business by granting equal service to African-Americans.

Recent News

Friendship 9 – the Musical on Fox 46 Carolinas


Criminal records cleared for activists decades later

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53rd Anniversary & Book Launch, March 14, 2014

The 53rd Anniversary Celebration of the Friendship 9's historic "Jail, No Bail" sit-in and arrest for refusing to give up their seats at McCrory's Five and Dime lunch counter will be held March 14, 2014 [...]

Book Reviews

Amazing and powerful book that tells the story of the Friendship 9 so perfectly for children to understand. The wording was so eloquent and perfect, it made it easy for me to understand what happened on that day in Rock Hill. A favorite in our household!!
Monique D. Kirk
This book is amazing. It captures information about selfless men who helped to shape the civil rights movement. Please consider adding this timeless jewel to your home library, classroom, or public library. The illustration is breathtaking. I purchased this book for my two children at a book signing in ATL. I’ll be purchasing more for other family members very soon. Cheers!
Lady Erica