Meet the men who stood up for their rights at the counter of the Rock Hill, SC Five and Dime. They asked for a cup of coffee and were instead met with violence, police brutality and unjust imprisonment. A small town miles from Charlotte, NC, Rock Hill became a landmark of the Civil Rights Movement, one that too few remember today. Students of Friendship College took on the weight of discrimination under the banner of non-violence and 'Jail No Bail.' The tactic spread across the South, inspiring protesters to no longer fund their own oppression through bonds and fines. The courage of these men ignited a passion and furor that rose into the famed Freedom Rides.
Fr3deR1cK is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated from Temple University’s documentary film program, and received a M.A. from Georgia State University in Communications. His projects span the globe from the U.S., Zambia, Romania, and Mumbai, tackling subjects such as the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania, a redeemed gangster in Watts, and now the world of women’s boxing in his latest feature Boxing Chicks. As a black filmmaker, he was immediately drawn to the story of the Friendship 9. His company Tomorrow Pictures Inc. produces documentaries, web content and television.