Students march on the South Carolina State House grounds - March 2, 1961
 [Image courtesy of Cecil Williams]

Throughout this year, Columbia, SC will commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1963 ' the >Columbia SC 63 project.

This week marks two important dates in Columbia, SC's civil rights history. On March 2, 1961, African American high school and college students from across South Carolina peacefully marched to the South Carolina State House in support of civil rights. There, more than 150 participants were arrested for "disturbing the peace." Two years later on February 25, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Edwards v. South Carolina that the students First Amendment rights were violated by the arrests. The courageous actions of these students legalized nonviolent protests on public grounds and sparked the movement for justice nationwide.

Travel Tuesday Trivia: 
The students began their civil rights march at a historic church in downtown Columbia, SC. Do you know which church?  Be the first to guess correctly with a comment below and get a 'famously hot' t-shirt.

Learn more this Sunday, March 3 at  We Shall Not Be Moved: A Commemoration of Student Activism in Columbia and the 50th Anniversary of Edwards v. South Carolina at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 3:00 pm. A distinguished panel of student activists and legal professionals will gather for a roundtable discussion about the groundbreaking Edwards v. South Carolina case. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register at

Learn more, and listen to MidlandsBiz's podcast about the Columbia SC 63 project: Robin Waites, Executive Director of the Historic Columbia Foundation, and Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina give the details.