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From Slave Quarters to the Big House

Sunday promises to be an exciting day at Richland Library Main as we continue to celebrate Black History month. Please join us for a retelling of crucial events from 1963 and the Civil Rights Movement starting at 3 p.m in the Bostick Auditorium on Sunday, February 23, at Richland Library Main. University of South Carolina professors Dr. Bobby Donaldson and Dr. Carl Wells, along with the USC Gospel Choir and Abd'Allah A. Adesanya, JD, will present stories of brave decisions and huge sacrifices, recounting important historical events in discussion and song. You can view the history from the lens of artist Cecil Williams too.

1963 was a crucial year in the Civil Rights Movement, and the South changed dramatically as sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and voter-registration campaigns fueled mass movements challenging segregation and inequality. 1963 shaped our nation's history - here are just some of the pivotal events that happened that year.

Alabama Gov. George Wallace declared "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."

Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was gunned down outside his home in Mississippi.

250,000 people, the largest demonstration for human rights in United States history, gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Four young girls were killed when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Malcolm X delivered his "Message to the Grass Roots" speech.


  • Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson
    Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson's Website. He writes, "I am completing a monograph tentatively entitled 'New Negroes in the New South: Race, Power, and Ideology in Georgia, 1890-1925.' The project critiques the varied and often competing rhetorical, ideological, and political strategies black intellectuals in Georgia employed as they battled white supremacy and negotiated African Americans’ precarious 'place' in both the South and the nation. I am also preparing a biography of William Jefferson."
  • USC Gospel Choir & Chosen Ensemble Choir with Dr. Carl Wells singing "Wade in the Water"
    USC Gospel Choir & Chosen Ensemble Choir with Dr. Carl Wells singing "Wade in the Water." Arrangement by Dr. Carl Wells ( 4min 17sec ).
  • Dr. Carl Wells
    Dr. Carl Wells' Website.
  • Teaching for Change
    Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

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