Protesters march on the Statehouse. (Image courtesy of Cecil Williams)
March at the South Carolina State House (March 2, 1961)
Columbia’s student movement peaked on March 2, 1961, as NAACP leaders and over 200 students left Zion Baptist Church and conducted a “noisy demonstration” on the South Carolina State House grounds. The students, mostly from South Carolina’s historically black colleges and segregated high schools, marched and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and protest songs such as “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Among the 187 arrested were NAACP leaders Rev. I. DeQuincey Newman and B.J. Glover, along with future Congressman James Clyburn.