Seven days of 1961: The birth of “jail-no-bail” | USA TODAY 1

Seven days of 1961: The birth of “jail-no-bail” | USA TODAY


The Friendship Nine were sentenced to 30 days of hard labor on a chain gang and the “jail-no-bail” movement was born.

On February 1, 1961, 10 young civil rights activists were convicted of trespassing for staging a sit-in at a department store lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Nine went to jail setting in motion the "jail-no-bail" strategy of the civil rights movement.

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