South Carolina ETV

Students to Record Civil Rights Leaders for ETV

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2013

Some of the biggest names in South Carolina civil rights will share their stories with high school students during the South Carolina ETV Civil Rights and Social Justice Youth Media Summit at the ETV studios in Columbia, March 1 – 3, 2013

Students at the summit will learn the fundamentals of recording interviews and receive guidance on strategies for documenting civil rights stories, and will have the rare opportunity to record first-person accounts from leaders of the civil rights movement.

Civil rights leaders involved in the  project include:  Henri Monteith Treadwell , who was one of 3 students who desegregated USC in 1963; Judge Ernest A. Finney, Jr., who was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction Era; Jim Felder; Dr. Luther Seabrooks from Charleston;  Jim French, Editor/Publisher of The Charleston Chronicle; members of the Friendship 9 from Rock Hill W.T. Massey, Clarence Graham, David Williamson and James Wells;  sisters and long-time Civil Rights advocates Millicent Brown and Minerva Brown King; and Cecil Williams, a Civil Rights photographer whose photographs have appeared in thousands of publications in the United States and abroad.

Students will come from Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, A.C. Flora High School and C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, and will have help from students from Benedict College.

The students will reconvene at ETV in April to screen their work with parents, TV professionals and community partners.  Interviews from the summit will be added to the interactive resource Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History on ETV’s educational web portal, and videos will have the chance to be entered into the American Graduate Flash Film Festival.  

The summit is produced in collaboration with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s public media initiative American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen and the Write/Right to Change of Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute.

Funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Black Programming Consortium, the Lipscomb Family Foundation, and Write/Right to Change of Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute.

About American Graduate:  The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming.  Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Visit American Graduate on Facebook, Twitter or

About CPB:  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. 

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.



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