Civil rights activist keynoting Orangeburg Massacre event

Civil rights activist keynoting Orangeburg Massacre event

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Civil rights activist the Rev. Joseph Darby is the keynote speaker at a South Carolina State University observance of the Orangeburg Massacre.

Monday is the anniversary of the 1968 incident in which state troopers opened fire, killing three students during a protest of a segregated bowling alley.

Darby has held leadership roles in state NAACP and co-authored a 1999 national NAACP resolution calling for economic sanctions against the state until the removal of the Confederate flag flying over the State House.

During Monday's commemoration, Cleveland Sellers and the Orangeburg Chapter of the NAACP are being honored with the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Social Justice award named for the three students who died.

The award is given to an individual or group for commitment to social justice. Sellers is the president of Voorhees College.

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