In South Carolina's capital city, courageous student activists, attorneys, and civil rights organizations waged a tenacious campaign to transform our community. Facing stiff opposition, these freedom fighters took action and forever changed a city, state, and nation.
Too many of Columbia’s pivotal moments and landmark decisions have been forgotten
Too many of our stories have never been heard. A complete rendering of
South Carolina's Civil Rights Movement and its dramatic impact on the
quest for democracy and social justice does not exist.
By gathering images, artifacts, and testimony, the mission of the Columbia SC 63 project is to ensure that a more accurate and expansive history becomes familiar to all.
If we are to continue moving forward, our city's history deserves an honest look back.
That’s why, with respect for the past and hope for a brighter future, Our Story Matters.
Photo Credits: Sarah Mae Flemming: Image courtesy of South Carolina Library,
University of South Carolina; Lennie Glover, Matthew Perry, little boy: Images courtesy of
Cecil Williams; Henrie Monteith Treadwell & Malcolm X: Images courtesy of The State Newspaper.