Citadel History Department to host
civil rights conference
of the civil rights movement's most significant leaders and historians
will visit The Citadel in March as part of a four-day conference on "The
Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina."
conference will be held March 5-8. Most discussion sessions are open to
off the conference on March 5 will be a look back at Briggs v. Elliott,
the Clarendon County School District lawsuit that became part of the landmark
1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision declaring segregation
in public schools unconstitutional. Joseph A. DeLaine Jr. and Beatrice
Brown Rivers, two of the plaintiffs in the case, will share their memories
of that time to mark the 50th anniversary of Briggs v. Elliott. John Hope
Franklin, author of From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans
and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will chair the session.
speakers and conference participants are expected to include:
- Dennis Hayes, general
counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
- George Wallace
biographer Dan T. Carter, who is the Educational Foundation Professor
in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina.
- Former South Carolina
Gov. John C. West, Citadel Class of 1942. He will discuss his role as
a moderate white leader during the movement.
- Walter B. Edgar,
author of South Carolina: A History and host of "Walter
Edgar's Journal" on South Carolina Public Radio.
- Matthew Perry,
trailblazing civil rights attorney and first black South Carolinian
appointed to the federal courts.
- Charles Joyner,
author of Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Culture
- Harvey Gantt,
the first African-American to attend Clemson University 40 years ago
this year and the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C. He is a graduate of
Charleston's Burke High School.
- Jack Bass, co-author
of The Orangeburg Massacre.
- Cleveland Sellers,
Charles McDew, Constance Curry, and Hayes Mizell-leading student organizers
in the Palmetto State during the 1960s.
- Vernon Burton,
author of In My Father's House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community
in Edgefield, South Carolina.
- Guy and Candie
Carawan, folk singers of the civil rights movement in South Carolina.
- Sheldon Hackney,
former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
complete schedule of speakers and activities can be found on The Citadel
website at http://citadel.edu/citadel/otherserv/hist/civilrights/index.html.