Columbia celebrates 50th anniversary of Edwards vs. South Carolina
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:57:41 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The anniversary of a historic day was celebrated in Columbia Sunday.
The city celebrated 50 years of Edwards vs. South Carolina. On March 2, 1963, many African-American students met at Zion Baptist Church and marched to the Statehouse; protesting segregation and racial discrimination.
Almost 200 students were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. The case was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court; saying it violated the students 1st Amendment rights to free speech.
A church service was held at Zion Baptist; along with a roundtable discussion at the Columbia Metro Convention Center with Congressman Jim Clyburn and James Edwards; of which both were in the rally.
Edwards, who the case was named after, said being back at Zion Baptist brought back memories.
"It was very spiritually uplifting," Edwards said. "When Rep. Clyburn said he sat right there on the front seat, I sat behind him on the second row. It was just like a movement experience all over again. That is where we had our rallies. That is where we had all our sit-ins before we marched."
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin also proclaimed March 3, 2013 as Edwards vs. South Carolina Day.