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USC celebrates 50th anniversary of desegregation

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Rapid change was taking place in the 1960s in the fight for racial equality for African-Americans.
The backlash of treating an entire race of people as second class citizens and denying them certain constitutional rights couldn't be silenced anymore.

The roar was loud throughout the south and in Columbia the tide was turning.
On September 11, 1963 three students broke down the color barrier at USC.

Henri Monteith Treadwell, James Solomon Jr. and Robert Anderson enrolled in classes at the university embarking on a year that changed their lives along with history.

Fifty years have passed but the sheer determination of the students will always be remembered.
 
On Wednesday, USC will retrace their steps at a special presentation at 10 a.m. at the Osborne Administration Building. A place where it all began.

And that evening civil rights leader and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young will speak at the Koger Center.

On Friday and Saturday the black USC 63 2 83 committee is hosting a forum on creating a legacy for African-American students on campus. 

Two new exhibits start Sept. 9 and will run through the winter months. "Turning crisis into an opportunity: the integration of higher education in South Carolina" at the Hollings Library and "The long road to desegregation" at the University of South Carolina at the South Carolinian Library.

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