Civil Rights in Columbia

May 10, 2013 10:12 AM

Columbia man was ‘quietly powerful’ advocate for civil rights

The late Rev. C.J. Whitaker was a “political powerhouse” in the African-American community of the 1950s and 1960s, establishing an influential presence through his church and civic work, especially with the Richland County Democratic Party and the North Columbia Civic Club, which he founded.

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