“WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED”
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.
When & Where
Columbia SC 63
In South Carolina's capital city, courageous student activists, attorneys, and civil rights organizations waged a tenacious campaign to transform our community. Facing stiff opposition, these freedom fighters took action and forever changed a city, state, and nation.
Too many of Columbia’s pivotal moments and landmark decisions have been forgotten. Too many of our stories have never been heard. Acomplete rendering of South Carolina's Civil Rights Movement and its dramatic impact on the quest for democracy and social justice does not exist.
By gathering images, artifacts, and testimony, the mission of the Columbia SC 63 project is to ensure that a more accurate and expansive history becomes familiar to all.
If we are to continue moving forward, our city's history deserves an honest look back.
That’s why, with respect for the past and hope for a brighter future, Our Story Matters.
Visit ColumbiaSC63.com to learn more!