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Somebody Had to Do It, But What Have We Done?: Revisiting South Carolina School Desegregation
March 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Race and Social Justice Initiative invite you to join us for a special event entitled, “Somebody Had to Do It, But What Have We Done?: Revisiting South Carolina School Desegregation.” The event will be held at the College of Charleston’s Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
Mindful of the upcoming 55-year anniversary of school desegregation in South Carolina, we are recognizing the surviving petitioners of the Brown vs. Charleston County School Board District 20 case. The program will feature a panel discussion on the impact the 1963 school integration decision had—and continues to have—on the “The First Children” of the movement and its current implications for the public school system today. Following the panel, we hope to replicate the 1963 photograph for archival purposes and to create mementos of the occasion with the updated picture.
The “Somebody Had to Do It, But What Have We Done?” event is a product of the larger Somebody Had to Do It: First Children in School Desegregation (SHTDI) project housed at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. This initiative was launched in 2006 as a collaborative, multi-institutional project to identify and collect oral histories from individuals who were the first Black students to integrate all-White schools during the twentieth-century civil rights movement. You can listen to these interviews via the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/content/somebody-had-do-it and they are a part of an online exhibit at http://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/somebody_had_to_do_it.
This event is sponsored by the Avery Research Center, the Race and Social Justice Initiative, Lowcountry Digital History Initiative and the South Carolina Humanities.