The civil rights movement
in South Carolina
has an epic and tumultuous history, beginning with the very first statewide meeting of the NAACP
in 1939. With stories of sit-ins, movements and the integration of state universities, this is the first comprehensive history of South Carolina’s civil rights struggles. And behind every achievement are the major legal rulings that protected them, interspersed with the familiar names of Thurgood Marshall
, Matthew Perry, Ernest A. Finney and Judge Waties Waring. Join former South Carolina NAACP president and activist James L. Felder as he recounts the epic struggle African Americans have faced, from fighting for the right to vote to the desegregation of public spaces and all the efforts in between.
The civil rights movement, which aimed to deliver the rights assured black Americans in the post-Civil-War amendments, reached its peak of activity in the 1960's. South Carolina was second youngest of the 13 original colonies and led the movement for secession that led to Civil War. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been in the forefront of civil rights activity for a century. Thurgood Marshall led the NAACP legal team in Brown v. Board of Education, overturning legal segregation in schools, and went on to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court.