African American History

Septima Clark

March 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Septima Clark

A pioneer in grassroots citizenship education, Septima Clark was called the ‘‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’’ by Martin Luther King. Clark was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1898, daughter of a laundrywoman and a former slave. She became a teacher on Johns...

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

February 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Charles Bolden, Jr. flew on four historic Space Shuttle missions in the 1980's and 90's, and became the first African-American to lead NASA as NASA Administrator.

Segregated Marine Says, "You can't get enough education"

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Cannon
B.S Plair at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.

B.S. Plair of Rock Hill, South Carolina, served for the Montford Point Marines in 1945, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. The Montford Point Marines were based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina , and were the first African American Marines to serve in the military,...

Ronald Erwin McNair

February 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Ronald Erwin McNair

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in 1986.

Marian Wright Edelman

February 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation’s strongest advocacy group for children and families. Born in 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina, she attended Spelman College and Yale Law School. In the sixties, she was active in...

Freedom Walkway Honors South Carolina Civil Rights Heroes

February 6, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Cannon
Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC.

In 1961, African American students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, walked a mile to stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter. Their unconventional mission was to be put in jail and refuse to pay or accept bail to place a financial burden on...

Philip Simmons

February 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Philip Simmons

A Charleston native, Philip Simmons (1912-2009) was famous for his decorative ironwork pieces, which are featured throughout Charleston and in various other parts of the world. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made everyday household objects, such as...

Friendship 9 Member Discusses the Civil Rights Movement

February 1, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Cannon
David Williamson Jr. at The Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC

The Friendship 9 consisted of students from Friendship Junior College . These students are best known for their historic one-mile walk from Friendship Junior College to McCrory’s Variety Store on January 31, 1961. They walked into the front door of McCrory’s expecting...

Behind The Scenes with the Freedom Walkway Artists

February 1, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Cannon
Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC.

On January 31, 1961, civil rights history was made in South Carolina. African American students from Friendship Junior College walked a mile to stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter on Main Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On that day, they had a mission. Their...

Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America’s Founding Fathers

January 30, 2017 - Posted in SCETV Presents by A. Shumaker
Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America’s Founding Fathers | SCETV Presents

Liberty & Slavery by A. Troy Thomas and Christopher P. Marshall Revolutionary America was a place of extraordinary paradox. America's Founding Fathers were men yearning for a nation of individual liberty and unprecedented independence. Thomas Jefferson expressed this...

SC African Amercan History Calendar Featuring James H. Salley

July 24, 2016 - Posted in Education by B. Jamison
SC African Amercan History Calendar featuring James H. Salley

Since 1992, James H. Salley has been improving access to higher education for minority students as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University in Zimbabwe. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Salley works within the General Board of Higher...

A History to Remember: Penn Center Campus Proposed a National Monument

June 2, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Rackley
Penn Center

The historic Penn Center of St. Helena’s Island has been a center of African American education, cultural preservation, and social justice for over 150 years. Founded in 1862, the Penn Center, then called Penn School, was one of the first institutions in the South that...

Counter Histories: Rock Hill

February 13, 2016 - Posted in ETV by G. Rawls
Actors recreate the Friendship 9 at the lunch counter.

Counter Histories: Rock Hill brings 1961 to life through the lives and words of the Friendship 9 whose actions ignited a passion that rose into the famed Freedom Rides, bringing the United States closer to major Civil rights reform. The film airs Thursday, February 18th at...

29th Annual Black History Teleconference on ETV Feb. 21st

February 9, 2016 - Posted in Education by B. Jamison
Young woman from the audience asks a question

The 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference will be held on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia, SC, on February 10 at 10:30 a.m. and taped for broadcast later on ETV. Access the teleconference in streaming format on February 10 or later archived...

Ernest Finney

February 2, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by B. Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

In 1960, Ernest Finney began his law practice in Sumter, South Carolina, specializing in civil rights advocacy and defense. He represented the Friendship 9, a group of black college students arrested and charged when trying to desegregate a lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C...

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