LEGACIES OF ACTIVISM:
THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA BEFORE 1960
If you ask most Americans about the struggle against white supremacy in the American South, they automatically think of the 1960s – and their knowledge of the movement is limited to a handful of national leaders or a few southern cities made infamous by iconic moments of televised violence. This skewed perspective leaves the enormous contribution of South Carolinians in the crusade for civil and human rights in the shadows.
The African American struggle for self determination and equality took root much earlier than the Sixties in the fertile soil of the Palmetto State. Shaped by shifting local, national, and global conditions, South Carolina’s Civil Rights Movement was forged by countless ordinary people who fought to shrink the gap between the nation’s democratic ideals and their own real-world experience.Black Carolinians, some working within the South Carolina NAACP, others acting bravely on their own exploited cracks in the state’s Jim Crow regime to
lay the vital groundwork for future progress.
To learn more, take a look at our Civil Rights Timeline.