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Suri Sehgal listens to village women in India.
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Sehgals: Planting Seeds for Change

by Alexander Pavlicin

Suri Sehgal helped revolutionize hybrid corn breeding around the world, but it is seeds of kindness and generosity that he and his wife, Edda, plant in the garden of life. Through the Sehgal Foundation, they empower villagers in rural India to create their own positive change. The award-winning biography Seeds for Change by Marly Cornell shares the inspiring story of a humble couple making a difference, one seed at a time. […]

Kimberly celebrates with the Friendship Nine at the Five & Dine lunch counter on the 54th anniversary of their protest that initiated “Jail, No Bail.” Photo by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito.
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The Power of Writing to Right History

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

In our January issue, we brought you the backstory of how a children’s book author prompted a new day in court for a group of civil rights activists known as the Friendship Nine, half a century after they served jail time for attempting to sit at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Due to the overwhelming response from our readers, this month we bring you coverage of the historical events that followed. […]

Civil rights activist David Boone, left, who took part in 1960s sit-ins, and Friendship Nine members Clarence Graham, James Wells, Willie McCleod, and W.T. “Dub” Massey, meet with author Kimberly Johnson, second from right, at the former McCrory’s store, now the Five and Dine restaurant, in downtown Rock Hill.
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Children’s Book Honors Friendship Nine

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Fifty-four years after they went to jail for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the eight surviving members of the Friendship Nine are returning to court to have their convictions vacated. Their new day in court came in no small measure from a children’s book, No Fear For Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9, and the efforts of its author, Kimberly Johnson. “These men were treated as criminals, but they’re not,” she says. “What they did is really powerful and right.” […]