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By Victor Trammell February 8, 1968 is a date that is will never be forgotten by people who are from the generation of the Civil Rights Era. On the 45th anniversary of a shooting at South Carolina State University, BlackBlueDog.com will profile the tragic story of deadly force used by police against students who were demonstrating against segregation. The so-called Orangeburg massacre involved nine officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol who fired gunshots at a crowd of mainly black students at South Carolina State University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In early February of 1968, black students were denied entry into the All Star Bowling Lane. The establishment was owned by Harry Floyd, a staunch supporter of segregation who only admitted whites as patrons of his business. All Star Bowling Lane was the only bowling alley in the city of Orangeburg, South Carolina. A few days later, a crowd of about 200 students gathered at the nearby South Carolina State University to protest the bowling alley’s segregation of black people. The media reported unsubstantiated information that accused the protesters of being violent and possessing weapons. However, later on in court, no evidence was presented that proved the protesters possessed weapons or led a violent demonstration. When the South Carolina Highway Patrol was dispatched to quell the protest, they fired gun shots at the students like they were wild animals. They also beat unarmed blacks with their batons, including a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage after the beating. Three black men were killed by gunfire. Two of the men were students at South Carolina State University and one was a student at Wilkinson High School. The U.S. Attorney’s Office brought charges against all nine state police officers who were involved in the massacre. However in subsequent federal trials, all nine officers were found not guilty. This case placed a black eye on the history of race relations and criminal justice in America. Reflection on the tragic events on this day 45 years ago is a reminder of how far we have to go in achieving adequate social justice for blacks. Before another black man decides to kill another black man, he should be educated about the awful events of this day and access who his real enemy is.              

Your Black History: The Orangeburg, South Carolina Massacre Of 1968

imagesBy Victor Trammell

February 8, 1968 is a date that is will never be forgotten by people who are from the generation of the Civil Rights Era.

On the 45th anniversary of a shooting at South Carolina State University, BlackBlueDog.com will profile the tragic story of deadly force used by police against students who were demonstrating against segregation.

The so-called Orangeburg massacre involved nine officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol who fired gunshots at a crowd of mainly black students at South Carolina State University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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  2. Four years before the Orangeburg massacre, I went to jail in Orangeburg, SC as a student at SC State College. Spent a week in Manning Correctional Institute in Columbia with serveral hundred fellow students (both college & high school). This
    was not an easy fight! Does anyone remember
    the “pink jail” in Orangeburg?

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