The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ordered all public places and schools to desegregate and serve blacks and whites equally. For four years, from 1964 to 1968, Orangeburg's All Star Bowling Lanes refused to obey the Act and continued to turn away African Americans
On February 6, 1968, 300 students from South Carolina State and Claflin College demonstrated in the parking lot of All Star Bowling Lanes. They were met by 100 law enforcement officers who beat them with sticks and drove them away.
Dr. Emma McCain, a South Carolina State College student and activist, shares her experiences from that evening.
Two days later on February 8, the violent events known as The Orangeburg Massacre took place on the campus of South Carolina State.
The Orangeburg Massacre: Remembrances and Reckoning is SCETV's follow-up special to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, as survivors, participants and officials share their remembrances and struggle to provide some sense of reckoning and hopes for closure.
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