Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


“100 Black Women Sponsored Student Attendees to Civil Rights Musical”

Pictured student attendees & chaperones from Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

On the morning of January 31, 1961, a group of eighteen African-American civil rights demonstrators, most of whom were students at Friendship College, converged on the McCrory’s 5-10-25¢ Variety Store in downtown Rock Hill. Authorities had been notified in advance that there would be protests and they were on duty by 8:30 AM in case of trouble. Initially the protesters marched up and down the street carrying protest signs. Then, male demonstrators went inside the store and ten of the thirteen young men sat down at the counter and refused to leave.

“THE FRIENDSHIP….NO FEAR FOR FREEDOM, The Musical” was based on this scenario and was featured at the Township Auditorium on Friday, May 1, 2015. The musical also honored Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney, then attorney who defended Rock Hill’s Friendship Nine originally.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter is the proud sponsor of seventy students and twelve adult chaperones who attended the historic “THE FRIENDSHIP….NO FEAR FOR FREEDOM, The Musical” at the Township Auditorium.

The 100 Black Women collaborated with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Omega and Gamma Nu Omega Chapters to sponsor the “Girls of Promise,” the “Boys of Purpose” and “ASCEND Scholars,” with chaperones to provide an opportunity for the Midland youngsters to become a part of Civil Rights History.”

100 Black Women President, Mary Miller McClellan, is pleased with the collaboration that has ultimately enriched the lives of the youngsters of this community. The coalition is committed to advocating for women, girls and families of the Midlands in health, education, economic empowerment, political advocacy and African-American culture.

Today, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., founded in 1970 in New York City, has garnered more than 6,000 members and there are currently more than 59 Chapters nationwide. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, Municipal Court Judges, private entrepreneurs, university administrators, corporate managers and vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants, and elected officials. This cross-section of dynamic, progressive women is reflective of the membership in each chapter of the coalition.

For additional chapter information, please visit the group on Facebook or its website at

Monica P. Butler, Chapter Reporter

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