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SC NAACP 15,000 members strong - 1944

During the summer of 1944 the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP met to reelect state president James Hinton. The two day convention in Sumter focused on the equalization of Negro teacher salaries with white teachers, voting in the SC Democratic primary and the execution of George Stinney. The keynote address was delivered by Modjeska Simkins. Her stirring words foreshadowed King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” sentiment when she said, “The supremacy of human rights where men of color shall be crowned with glory on merit alone is our goal.”

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