Thursday, January 29, 2015

Friendship Nine

In 1961, when we were downtown, it wasn't for any glory.  We were not looking for any hero worship.  We were simply 10 students who was tired of the status quo, tired of being treated like second-class citizens, tired of being spat on, kicked, called the N-word, drinking out of the colored water fountain.  We got tired of that.

-- Clarence Graham, 1 of 9 found guilty of trespassing in 1961 for sitting at an all-white South Carolina lunch counter; their records were recently cleared by Judge John C Hayes III, nephew of the judge who handed down the original sentence, Democracy Now, 29 January 2015

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