Beryl Dakers

February 6, 1968 - All Star Bowling Lanes Protest Turns Violent

By Beryl Dakers

Dr. Emma McCain

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. 

Orangeburg Massacre: A Conversation with Henry Smith's Sister

By Beryl Dakers

Ora Sue Smith Hughes

Ora Sue Smith Hughes shares memories about her brother, Henry Smith (1948-1968), one of the three slain victims in the Orangeburg Massacre. South Carolina State College student Henry Smith had an interest in the growing civil rights movement, admiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. His death continues to impact the family, even the generation who didn't have the opportunity to know him in person.

Orangeburg Massacre: South Carolina and National Response to Tragedy

By Beryl Dakers

Police officers with guns

Representative James E. Clyburn sits down with South Carolina ETV to talk about the country and South Carolina's response to the Orangeburg Massacre.

Clyburn also compares how the Kent State shooting of 1970, which occurred two years after the Orangeburg Massacre, received far more attention and outcry from the public.

Clyburn Explains the History of HBCUs

By Beryl Dakers

Representative James E. Clyburn

Representative James E. Clyburn sits down with South Carolina ETV to talk about the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Tell Them We Are Rising is a 90-minute film that airs as part of the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens on Monday, February 19, 2018, 9 pm – 10:30 pm on SCETV. The film will also be available for online viewing on beginning February 20, 2018.

Learn more about HBCUs in South Carolina at