By Zoe A. Colley
An exploration of the influence on imprisonment of people inquisitive about the Civil Rights move as a complete.
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Robinson felt it necessary to caution against pressuring people to go to jail, and warned that jail-no-bail was not always desirable: “The decision to stay in jail . . should be left up to the individual. . Also, organizations . . should not push the value of jail without giving the individual an out. ”44 This was by far one of the most sophisticated analyses of the implications of jail-nobail, and it foresaw some of the challenges that CORE, SNCC, and the SCLC would face in future campaigns.
On April 17, Easter Sunday, the jailer allowed them to leave the visiting room with friends and family to spend time together in the grounds. “We all got acquainted,” described Stephens, “and hid easter eggs . . 38 The brutality used against protesters by police during the march on Woolworth’s does not appear to have continued behind bars. Any stay in jail, with the associated lack of privacy, comfort, and decent food, was stressful and demanding for civil rights workers; nevertheless, on this occasion the eight prisoners appear to have escaped the type of physical and psychological abuse suffered by those in Orangeburg.
32 Further protests did not take place until March 12, when integrated groups of students descended upon the lunch counters at Woolworth’s and McCrory’s. The protest in McCrory’s ended when the lunch counter was closed, but in Woolworth’s the six students were arrested. ” One hundred students responded to her pleas and marched on 34 | Ain’t Scared of Your Jail McCrory’s store, where twenty were arrested. Determined to continue their protest, the remaining students left McCrory’s and headed toward Woolworth’s, only to find their path blocked by a group of angry whites.
Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement by Zoe A. Colley