ROCK HILL, S.C. - Janet Hudson of the University of South Carolina will discuss aspects of the civil rights movement unique to South Carolina and talk about the significance of the “Friendship Nine” on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Plowden Auditorium.
Hudson, an expert on civil rights issues in the state, is the author of "Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-era South Carolina (New Directions in Southern History)."
Local members of the “Friendship Nine” are invited to attend the discussion and will be recognized. “The Friendship Nine” were African Americans jailed during a sit-in at a local Rock Hill lunch counter in 1961.
This is the fourth event in the Liberty Tree Initiative series, which is supported by a group of educators, professionals, media personalities, journalists and writers who have a unified interest in raising awareness of First Amendment rights.
A panel discussion about the First Amendment and public reconciliation will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Plowden Auditorium.
For more information, visit Winthrop’s Liberty Tree Initiative Web site.