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People take part in a civil rights "sit-in" protest at the lunch counter in McCrory's in Rock Hill, S.C., in February 1960. A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, will argue a motion to vacate the convictions of a group known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and breach of peace for staging a similar protest at the same lunch counter in 1961. The men opted for a month's hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups. [Associated Press]

Friendship 9, famed civil rights protesters, have records cleared (w/video)

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty-four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. "In my heart, I was lea …

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