BUZZ: Cleveland Sellers to keynote S.C. Education Association Human and Civil Rights Awards luncheon

Posted by ADAM BEAM on January 24, 2014 

Cleveland Sellers is the former head of African-American Studies at the University of South Carolina.

JEFF BLAKE/JBLAKE@THESTATE.COM

— Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College and a South Carolina civil rights leader, will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Education Association's Human and Civil Rights Awards luncheon.

The luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. Education Association's headquarters at 421 Zimalcrest Drive.

Sellers was among the 28 people injured during the "Orangeburg Massacre" in 1968, when S.C. State Troopers opened fire on S.C. State students protesting the segregation of a local bowling alley. Three people died. Sellers was later convicted of rioting and spent seven months in prison. Sellers received a full pardon from the state in 1993.

Sellers son, Bakari Sellers, is a Democratic state representative from Bamberg and a candidate for lieutenant governor.

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