"We Shall Not Be Moved" A Commemoration of Student Activism in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC

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A Commemoration of Student Activism in Columbia and the 50th Anniversary of Edwards v. South Carolina

MARCH 3, 2013


3 - 5 PM A Reunion and Roundtable Discussion with Movement Participants

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center - FREE


Inspired by the "Greensboro Four," in 1960 students at Columbia's Allen University and Benedict College bucked tradition and engaged in a campaign of civil disobedience in protest of segregation by holding lunch counter sit-ins at local businesses along Main Street.


On March 2, 1961, a statewide coalition of African American high school and college students peacefully marched from Zion Baptist Church to the South Carolina State House grounds challenging segregation and racial discrimination in the state. 187 participants were arrested and charged with "disturbing the peace."


Those arrested later filed a lawsuit, Edwards v. South Carolina. On February 25, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their arrests violated their 1st Amendment rights. Their courageous efforts legalized nonviolent protest on public grounds and sharpened the movement for social justice nationwide.


Join a distinguished panel featuring the student activists and legal professionals who made this possible. Discover why Our Story Matters.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Please reserve your ticket by February 27.