Summer Journey Blog!

Friendship Nine

In 1961, nine students from Friendship College staged a sit-in at McCrory’s lunch counter; after their arrest they refused to pay the bail bond, electing to serve thirty days on the state chain gang instead. Some people would find it easier to just get a bondsman to help them such as ones like http://www.1stchoicebailga.com/. But these students had a message to send out, so it is understandable why they didn’t pay the bail bond.
The “jail, no bail” strategy spread like wildfire throughout the movement; it placed the financial burden on the state to keep protesters in jail, rather than on the activists themselves. This tactic would soon be adopted by the Freedom Riders, leading to over 400 arrests. Class 22 ate lunch at the counter that once was McCrory’s, and spoke with three members of the Friendship Nine to learn their story. Check out two news stories about the visit!

Rock Hill Herald:

http://www.heraldonline.com/article89252212.html

CN2 News:

Friendship 9 Meets Students

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J Charles Jones

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J Charles Jones was a Freedom Rider, SNCC veteran, sit-in leader, boycott organizer, friend of Dr. King’s, and singer extraordinaire. And he’s pretty spry for a 78 year old.

Check out video of him singing with us on our social media pages!

Shalom Park

#OUDC22 student leaders were the guest readers at Shalom Park Freedom School, a literary and enrichment program for Charlotte youth. Class 22 also toured Shalom Park to learn about the story of Judaism in Charlotte!
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Jonathan Prinz

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“He didn’t like everyone, but he loved everyone.” Jonathan Prinz on the legacy of his father, who spoke alongside Dr. King at the March on Washington and was a lifetime crusader for equality.

North Carolina NAACP

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“Bad folks get elected when good folks can’t get to the polls.” Tyler Swanson of the North Carolina NAACP speaks to Class 22 about the work of Rev. William Barber and the Forward Together Moral Movement to fight regressive laws that disproportionally¬†disenfranchise the Fusion Coalition that includes young voters, elderly voters, and voters of color.

Finding Reconciliation

Finding reconciliation: #OUDC22 toured Greensboro with the Beloved Community Center, learning about the Greensboro Four who catalyzed the sit-in movement by refusing to leave a Woolworth’s counter in 1960, efforts to integrate schools and movie theaters, and much more. They also met with survivors of the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, during which KKK and Neo-Nazis fired on a peaceful demonstration (with police complicity), killing five. The community created a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help the city find healing and rebuild community ties.

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Creating Holiness

When you build a Beloved community, any place can become a place of holiness. Class 22 turned a day at the airport into a morning of meaning.

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Church isn’t a building; it’s a community. Class 22 brought the spirit to an NYC airport by leading their own Church service. Then it was time to head south.

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Not content to just sleep on the flight, Class 22’s radiant energy inspired Delta 3677 flight attendant¬†Kimberly Glover, who made an announcement about OUDC and our mission to the entire plane. The students took the above photo with her, the pilot, and the flight staff.

We have all had some difficult days this week. It’s days like today¬†that protect our hope.