[South Carolina has a storied history in our country. The home state of John Calhoun, who led the pre-civil war political pro-slavery battle, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union and the launching pad for the Fort Sumter assault that began the Civil War. In our own time as the state which glorified the continued presence of the Confederate flag at the state house, South Carolina as carried forward that tradition. This excellent article retraces the steps from 1968 when, on February 8, a the Orangeburg campus of the University was riddled with the blood of students and activists protesting the Vietnam war. Along with the article are videos and photo exhibits of this largely neglected but immensely important historical event. — Lew Rosenbaum]
by Black Kos
Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 01:00:01 PM PST
A Day of Remembrance: the Orangeburg Massacre
Commentary by Black Kos Editor Deoliver47
Today, Feb the 8th is the anniversary of what took place at South Carolina State University (SCSU) in Orangeburg in 1968. Three young men lost their lives, 28 were wounded (most shot in the back) a pregnant young woman lost her baby and a young activist Cleveland Sellers was railroaded into jail.
These are the young men who were murdered:
Henry Smith, Delano Middleton,and Samuel Hammond Jr. Read more by clicking here.