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News of life on the South Carolina road gang apparently made the Atlanta students appreciate the relative comfort of their jail cells. 8 Just like Rock Hill, the Atlanta jail-in did not bring any tangible changes to the racial status quo. Nevertheless, those who participated gained a renewed faith in the importance of rejecting bail. ” “You get ideas in jail,” Charles Sherrod noted. “You talk with other young people you’ve never seen. . We’re up all night, sharing creativity, planning action.
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. For the NAACP, the question of whether to reject bail was deeply problematic and brought into sharp contrast the philosophical differences between itself, SNCC, SCLC, and CORE.
Although there had been a large number of arrests during the first months of sit-ins, few students welcomed the idea of forfeiting bail. For the NAACP, this general willingness to accept bail enabled them to remain supportive of the student movement. During April and May, however, appeals for people to reject bail intensified and the national office found it increasingly difficult to accept the actions of arrested protesters. 49 This statement must have served only to confirm the feeling among younger, militant activists that the NAACP was out of touch with the current mood of civil rights protest.