The civil rights jail-in movement began on February 6th, 1961 when ten black students in Rock Hill, South Carolina, were arrested for requesting service at a segregated lunch counter. The students refused to acknowledge any legitimacy of the laws under which they were arrested, refusing to post bail and demanded jail time rather than paying fines. Among those arrested were Diane Nash and Charles Sherrod. Diane Nash is the co-founder of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked to desegregate interstate travel – The Freedom Rides– as well as working for voting rights in the south.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote to Diane Nash and Charles Sherrod in jail: QUOTE
‘‘You have inspired all of us by such demonstrative courage and faith. It is good to know that there still remains a creative minority who would rather lose in a cause that will ultimately win than to win in a cause that will ultimately lose.’’ UNQUOTE
Charles Sherrod continued community work, returning home to direct the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education. In 1969, Sherrod, his wife Shirley helped pioneer the land trust movement in the U.S., co-founding New Communities, a collective farm in Southwest Georgia