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We are excited to announce two great opportunities to share the magic of history with your kids this summer. On June 25th and July 9th at 9am, we are hosting a special Kids Edition Civil Rights Walking Tour. Email or call in to sign your child up for this riveting cultural experience.
Office: (803) 851-5064
On Monday, November 6, Benedict College, Columbia SC 63, and the USC Center for Civil Rights History will host a panel discussion focused on the history of student activism in the 1960s.
The program, moderated by Dr. Bobby Donaldson, will take at 6:00 PM in Benedict’s historic Antisdel Chapel.
The panelists include Constance Curry, Charles McDew, Annie Hackett Ritter, and Cleveland Sellers, Jr.
Constance Curry was one of the first adult advisors for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Through her role in the National Student Association’s Southern Student Human Relations Project. Curry provided support to SNCC, including serving as an observer for sit-in demonstrations. She was present in Rock Hill, South Carolina for the Jail No Bail campaign. She later worked with the American Friends Service Committee, advocating for school desegregation in Mississippi.
Charles McDew served as one of the founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as well as its second chairman. During his tenure, SNCC organizers led the way in desegregation and voter registration efforts in the deep South. McDew attended South Carolina State University, and he led several demonstrations and marches in Orangeburg and Columbia, including a March 2, 1961 protest at the South Carolina Statehouse. He is a retired professor from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Annie Hackett Ritter is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. She completed her undergraduate degree with honors from Benedict College in 1961. Involved in a number of Columbia demonstrations and sit-ins, Ritter represented Benedict at the inaugural meeting of SNCC in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1960.
Cleveland Sellers, Jr. is a South Carolina native who became active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while a student at Howard University. Sellers worked to register voters in Mississippi and became the program director of SNCC in 1965. Injured during the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, Sellers was charged and convicted of starting a riot. Later, he earned his Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as the head of the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina and the President of Voorhees College.
In addition to first hand accounts, historic documents, photographs and moving image footage from events across South Carolina will be on display.
The public is invited to come and learn.
Since Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters’ beginning, Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has been an enthusiastic & generous collaborator.
We are pleased that he will be us on this Thursday at 6:00 for a special book signing of his latest volume UNFORGETTABLE.
First Thursday on Main at the Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main Street.
Currently, some of Mr. Williams’ photographs are on display as part of a Columbia SC 63 art installation in the Main & Blanding street windows of Tapp’s.
Please join us for a special evening with one of the nation’s most accomplished civil rights photographers.
Columbia SC 63 Presents:
“DOUBLE TAKE: Artistic Interpretations of Columbia’s Civil Rights History.”
Please join Columbia SC 63 as we celebrate our South Carolina Civil Rights Stories with a long awaited installation as part of TAPP’s APERTURES Series.
October 5: Stop at TAPP’s during your First Thursday festivities! Join the Columbia SC 63 Team in front of TAPP’s to learn more about the organization and the work we are doing within the community.
October 12: Columbia SC 63 will begin with the dedications of two markers to commemorate the student activists from Benedict and Allen Universities who were an integral part of furthering the fight for civil rights in South Carolina. These markers will stand as part of the existing Main Street Walking Tour and Student Activists from each historical event will be present to share their stories of the past. Following the dedications, join Columbia SC 63 at TAPP’s for a reception fitting for the day’s events!
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Join Columbia SC 63 at the Historic Columbia Jubilee Festival 11AM-6PM, September 16, 2017 at the Mann-Simons Cottage (1403 Richland Street)! This year’s festivities include artist demonstrations, food, outdoor vendors, bus tours of important African American sites in Columbia and lots of family fun!
Additionally, Jubilee Festival 2017 will spotlight Midlands musicians and the lives of two greats, Skipp Pearson and John Blackwell.
Visit WWW.JUBILEESC.ORG for more information about the festival and @COLUMBIASC63 on Facebook and Instagram for more images and information from the Columbia SC 63 Team!