One of the lesser known stories of the civil rights movement is the Orangeburg Massacre, where violence unfolded against black youth 130 miles from Charlotte on the campus of South Carolina State University.
Three students were shot to death and more than two dozen injured at the hands of the South Carolina Highway Patrol on February 8, 1968, simply because black students wanted to integrate an all-white bowling alley.
Join the Gantt Center, renowned civil rights photographer Cecil Williams – who chronicled the events – and WBTV’s Steve Crump for the documentary premiere of Orangeburg, 50 Years Later on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater.
The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. where a discussion will follow. Williams will sign copies of his latest book, Unforgettable: Life Hope Bravery, which documents both the Orangeburg Massacre and the civil rights movement in South Carolina.
If you can’t make the screening to kick off Black History Month, the documentary will air on WBTV and Bounce on Feb. 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The event is free but an RSVP is required. Find more information here: http://www.ganttcenter.org/calendar/orangeburg-50-years-later/.