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Cecil Williams
Photographer Cecil Williams

Civil Rights Photographer Comes to Richland Library

Have you noticed this picture at Richland Library Main of a cocky young man taking a drink? It hangs over the water fountain on the Garden level, and is a poignant reminder of how much has changed in fifty years. This young man is Cecil Williams, the photographer whose work currently lines the walls of The Gallery at Main as the exhibit Freedom and Justice: Cecil Williams Captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle.

Most photographers communicate their message only through the images they share, but on September 22, Cecil Williams and his mentor, John Goodwin, will come to Richland Library to talk about their experiences as black photographers in South Carolina during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. Join us on Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. to hear Williams and Goodwin speak about their work, photography and their part in the campaign for equality.


Diana K. Says: In exclusive and large format photography, Orangeburg native Cecil Williams chronicles the lives and accomplishments of the heroic people of this state who began and led the struggle for desegregation in America.
Amazon Says: The 1949 Briggs vs. Elliot case that originated in Clarendon County and the Orangeburg selective buying campaign were both crucial events in the creation of the civil rights m more...
Amazon Says: The 1949 Briggs vs. Elliot case that originated in Clarendon County and the Orangeburg selective buying campaign were both crucial events in the creation of the civil rights movement that changed the course of United States history. Out-of-the-Box in Dixie is the story of these heroic people whose quest for equality, sacrifices and contributions should not be forgotten. It was the Briggs vs. Elliot case that caused the national office of the NAACP to redirect its approach from suing for "separate but equal" facilities to challenging segregation as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision that segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This publication is dedicated to documenting the unobtrusive heroism and actions of many people who have been inadequately represented in interpretive discussion relative to desegregation and equality in America. less...
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Diana K. Says: Orangeburg 1968 documents one of the least remembered chapters of America's Civil Rights history--the Orangeburg Massacre.
Amazon Says: Between 1965 and 1968, racial unrest was sparked when Orangeburg's black residents tried to integrate the All-Star Bowling Lanes, a "White-Only" facility located only a few bl more...
Amazon Says: Between 1965 and 1968, racial unrest was sparked when Orangeburg's black residents tried to integrate the All-Star Bowling Lanes, a "White-Only" facility located only a few blocks from South Carolina State College and Claflin College. Through his impeccable eye for detail and stunning portraits of reality, Cecil J. Williams and Sonny DuBose capture the tumultuous circumstances of one of South Carolina's greatest sorrows. This collection of stories, interviews and photographs revolves around a tragic event on February 8, 1968, when an all-white throng of state police unleashed massive gunfire into a crowd of about 150 students near the edge of the South Carolina State College campus. Three students were killed, and 27 were injured. Orangeburg 1968 is one of the most comprehensive books ever published about the Orangeburg Massacre. Many observers and surviving eyewitnesses reveal their stories in the unprecedented collection of historical interviews and photographs. Retold in the survivors' own words and Williams's pictures, this book remains a tribute to the lives of the students who suffered, fought, and died to reclaim their rights and freedom. less...
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    By gathering images, artifacts, and testimony, the mission of the Columbia SC 63 project is to ensure that a more accurate and expansive history becomes familiar to all.
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