|Students march on the South Carolina State House grounds - March 2, 1961|
[Image courtesy of Cecil Williams]
This week marks two important dates in Columbia, SC's civil rights history. On March 2, 1961, African American high school and college students from across South Carolina peacefully marched to the South Carolina State House in support of civil rights. There, more than 150 participants were arrested for "disturbing the peace." Two years later on February 25, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Edwards v. South Carolina that the students First Amendment rights were violated by the arrests. The courageous actions of these students legalized nonviolent protests on public grounds and sparked the movement for justice nationwide.