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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.
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Join Columbia SC 63 for a historical walking tour on this historic weekend! This dynamic tour of Main Street will begin at the African American Monument at the Statehouse! Join Us!
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Columbia SC 63 is pleased to serve as a co-sponsor of an exciting public symposium.
Behold the Land: The 70th Anniversary of the SNYC Southern Youth Legislature
October 20-22, 2016
On October 20, 2016, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Dr. David Levering Lewis will deliver the keynote address at a major symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of a historic civil rights meeting in Columbia in 1946, attended by W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson and more than 700 young women and men from around the country. Professor Lewis will be joined by Dorothy Burnham (age 101), a longtime human rights activist and an organizer of the 1946 meeting of the Southern Negro Youth Congress in Columbia. The keynote address will be delivered in Antisdel Chapel on the Benedict College campus, the very place that W. E. B. Du Bois delivered his famous “Behold the Land” speech on October 20, 1946.
Local organizers of the 1946 meeting included Modjeska Monteith Simkins, John Henry McCray, Osceola McKaine, and Annie Belle Weston.
2016 Symposium Schedule:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 (6:00 pm)
David Levering Lewis, Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, New York University
“Our Exceptionalist Quagmire: Is There a Way Forward”
(Antisdel Chapel, Benedict College)
1600 Harden St. Columbia SC, 29201
Friday, October 21, 2016 (9:00 to 10:15 am)
Reflections on the Southern Negro Youth Congress: Columbia 1946
David Levering Lewis, Dorothy Burnham, Erik Gellman, Lena Jackson, Peter Lau
(Hilton Columbia Center Palmetto State Ballroom)
924 Senate St. Columbia SC 29201
Friday, October 21, 2016 (10:30 to 12:00 pm)
SNYC and Its Legacy: Civil Rights, Youth Activism, and Black Lives Matter
Margaret Burnham, Sekou Franklin, Maurice Jackson, Erik McDuffie, Cleveland Sellers
(Hilton Columbia Center Palmetto State Ballroom)
924 Senate St. Columbia SC 29201
Saturday, October 22, 2016 (3:00 to 6:00 pm)
Recovering SC’s Radical Roots, The Legacy of the Southern Negro Youth Congress
Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Progressive Network & the Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights
Marjorie Hammock, Brett Bursey, Sekou Franklin, Bobby Donaldson
(Continuing Education Center Auditorium, Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus)
7300 College St. Irmo, SC 29063
Columbia SC 63
University of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences: History Center, Center for Civil Rights History and Research, and the Institute for Southern Studies
Midlands Technical College
South Carolina Progressive Network
Dr. David Levering Lewis, Department of History, New York University
Author, W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race & W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century
Dorothy Burnham (age 101), longtime human rights activist and an organizer of the 1946 SNYC meeting in Columbia.
Professor Margaret Burnham, School of Law & Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University
Dr. Sekou Franklin, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Middle Tennessee State University
Author, After the Rebellion: Black Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation
Dr. Erik Gellman, Department of History, Roosevelt University
Author, Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights
Dr. Maurice Jackson, Department of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University
Lena Jackson, Documentary Filmmaker
Dr. Peter Lau, Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Author, Democracy Rising: South Carolina and the Fight for Black Equality since 1865
Dr. Erik McDuffie, Department of History & Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
Author, Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism and the Making of Black Left Feminism
Dr. Cleveland Sellers, retired President, Voorhees College
Author, The River of No Return: the Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNYC
For more information, call (301) 237-7051.