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."
Kicking 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.
Other speakers and conference participants are expected to include:
A complete schedule of speakers and activities can be found on The Citadel website at http://citadel.edu/citadel/otherserv/hist/civilrights/index.html.