Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Diversity is a staple for most college campuses in 2013, but 50 years ago this week, three African-American students became the first to break down the barriers of segregation at the University of South Carolina.
"I was born in 1930," said James Soloman, one of those students. "I know what Jim Crow is, I know what racism is."
Solomon thought he had lived through the worst of it by 1963.
"1963, it wasn't unpopular for whites to act racist, those who wanted to. They were still asking blacks to ride on the back of the bus," said Soloman.
But it was in that year the Georgia native was granted enrollment at a school that had mixed feelings about having him there.
"People would stand behind the blinds and yell obscenities, 'Was your daddy a monkey'?, 'Do you have a tail?'" said Soloman.
In the south, an undercurrent of unrest from those oppressed was rising to the surface and Soloman's arrival on campus only fueled a tide of ignorance.
"That pattern of separateness among the races was being challenged by the civil rights movement," said Lacy Ford, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies at USC.
"A significant number of their fellow students did not want them there," said Val Littlefield, director of African-American Studies at USC.
The first day was quiet, as was the next two years at USC for Soloman as he pursued his graduate studies.
"I was 33 years old in 1963. I was in the Air Force when it was desegregated. I grew up on the mean streets of Atlanta in a housing project," said Soloman. "It just wasn't that much of a deal to me."
Soloman and his two fellow African-American classmates opened the doors for 11 more African-American students to enroll the next year.
"By the late 60's you do see protests, you do see students strategizing to become student body president, homecoming queen," said Littlefield. "Those issues are addressed by black students."
Soloman went on to hold public office multiple times after graduating from USC. Five decades after a reluctant admittance, he's proud of how far the school has come.
"I think this should be a teaching moment," said Soloman. "We should note those things that give us pride, and we should try to work to correct those things that give us heartache."
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>