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South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America

By Walter Edgar

S.C. State University logo

Since its founding in 1896, South Carolina State University has provided vocational, undergraduate, and graduate education for generations of African Americans. Now the state’s flagship historically black university, it achieved this recognition after decades of struggling against poverty, inadequate infrastructure and funding, and social and cultural isolation. In South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America, William C.

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.

The Orangeburg Massacre: Alumni Discuss Lifelong Effects and the FBI Investigation

By Ty Moody

Fifty years later,  SC State University Alumni gather for a conversation about the lifelong effects of the Orangeburg Massacre a

Fifty years later, South Carolina State University (SCSU) Alumni gather for a conversation about the lifelong effects of the Orangeburg Massacre and the final FBI investigation report.

On the evening of February 8, 1968, SCSU students started a bonfire on the front of campus which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As police and firefighters attempted to put out the fire, officer David Shealy was injured by a thrown object. As a result, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers fired shots at the protestors.

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 PBS.org beginning February 20, 2018.

Learn more about HBCUs in South Carolina at scetv.org/hbcurising

The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years Later: Remembrances

By Ty Moody

SC State University Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968.

South Carolina State University (SCSU) Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968.

Fifty years ago, SCSU students started a bonfire on the front of campus which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As police and firefighters attempted to put out the fire, officer David Shealy was injured by a thrown object. As a result, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers fired shots at the protestors. Three young men were killed and many students were injured.

SCETV's Tell Them We Are Rising Screenings

By Amy Shumaker

African American middle class family from 1950s.

Through a collaboration between public media stations and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Firelight Films and South Carolina ETV will present several screenings of the latest film from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director, Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities as part of a national HBCU Tour.

Technology at Allen University

By Jackie Johnson

computer

Palmetto Scene visits Allen University, a historic black university in Columbia, where students are excited about using their knowledge to secure high- paying, interesting jobs in the 21st-century workplace.

This story is part of the Tell Them We Are Rising #HBCURising campaign, supported by the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen public media initiative.

Tell Them We Are Rising premieres on Independent Lens on PBS on February 19, 2018.
 

Friendship College - Jail No Bail

By Ty Moody

Students participating in a sit-in

On January 31, 1961, ten black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, SC walked into McCrory's, sat at the lunch counter, and ordered hamburgers and soft drinks. They were denied service and asked to leave. After refusing to leave, the students were arrested for trespassing and processed.

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