AN ANTHOLOGY OF CIVIL/HUMAN RIGHTS

IN SOUTH CAROLINA

for the

MID-20TH CENTURY

 

PROGRESS AND PLANS REPORT

January 2006

 

The anthology will secure and publish first-hand accounts and original documents of South Carolina leaders in the struggle for racial justice and equity during the mid-twentieth century.  The primary product of the project will be a book that tells these stories, but all materials gathered will be saved and archived for further research.  Your interest and support is urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated.

 

From the beginning the anthology has been a very collaborative project.  In April 2003 Marvin Ira Lare concluded with William “Bill” Saunders that an anthology was urgently needed.  Mr. Saunders insisted that it focus “human” as well as “civil” rights.  Mr. Lare contacted the USC Press that expressed a strong interest in the anthology and with the encouragement and guidance of Curtis Clark and Alex Moore of the Press, he contacted various historians and scholars around the state for their input and associated his services with the Institute for Southern Studies as a Research Fellow and with the African American Studies Program at USC.  As plans developed Mr. Lare approached Fred R. Sheheen, Senior Fellow with the USC Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, regarding their support and sponsorship.  This was approved by the IPSPR and a planning grant from the S.C. Humanities Council was secured to support an Anthology Colloquium –March 19, 2004-- of scholars, historians, and leaders of the civil rights movement is South Carolina. 

 

The next step was to convene the actual pioneers of the civil rights movement in South Carolina to begin collecting stories and materials.  With the support of BellSouth Corporation anthology festivals were conducted in Greenville, Orangeburg and at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island.  It became apparent that only of few of these pioneers were in a position to write their own stories so the approach was adopted of augmenting written accounts with audio taped oral history interviews:

 

 

Catherine Fleming Bruce with the Modjeska Simkins Center for Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights has collaborated with the project from early on and the anthology provided the Simkins Center a mailing list of around 400 names from its database for invitations to the "To Form a More Perfect Union" postage stamp series inauguration August 30, 2005.

 

In the fall of 2005 the Humanities CouncilSC committed to a one-year grant covering interviewing and communication costs and recently, December 2005, the SC Bar Foundation made a major grant to cover much of the archive retrieval, clerical services, and manuscript preparation cost. 

 

To date over seventy-five oral history interviews have been recorded and extensive collections of records and other materials have been gathered.  Further costs of the project are for modest consultant costs, further clerical services, and editing activities.  It is projected that the manuscript will be submitted to the USC Press by October 2006. 

 

For further information contact:

 

Marvin Ira Lare, Editor and Director

South Carolina Civil/Human Rights Anthology

P. O. Box 5101

Columbia, SC 29250-5101

803-466-7730

Fax 803-779-9881

MlareEAR@bellsouth.net