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Remembering the Orangeburg Massacre

Today marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. On February 8, 1968, 3 students were killed and many more were injured during a clash with police in Orangeburg, South Carolina. All the students killed and injured were African American, individuals who attended the local Historically Black institution South Carolina State College (now University). It’s a moment that, frankly, deserves to be talked about more. Today I’d like to place it in the context of late 1960s discourse about civil rights, black power, and the position of African Americans in U.S. society. Read more