Civil rights news moved away from Harvey Gantt and drifted back home to the midlands in March 1963.
The United States Supreme Court remanded the convictions of 373 students in Orangeburg based on the grounds that the free speech and free assembly rights of the students were violated. NAACP lawyers Matthew Perry and Lincoln Jenkins represented the students who served 30 days in jail or paid a fine of $50.00 for their peaceful demonstrations at local segregated lunch counters. The case was returned to the South Carolina Supreme Court were the convictions were upheld a second time. The U.S. Supreme Court permanently reversed the Columbia decision in October 1963.