Orangeburg Massacre to be re-enacted

The events of the Orangeburg Massacre will be re-enacted during at play at S.C. State University's MLK Auditorium Feb. 4-6.

Three black students were killed during the 1968 incident as students gathered to protest segregation at a local bowling alley.

The play, called "Taking A Stand," will be offered by the S.C. State Student Government Association and the S.C. State Henderson Davis Players.

S.C. State's Student Government Association is led by Zachary Middleton, the great nephew of Delano Middleton, one of the students killed.

In an e-mail discussing the play, Zachary Middleton said its purpose is to give young people and others in the Orangeburg community an understanding of the sacrifices that were made to make life easier today.

"I feel that I have an obligation to uphold the legacy that was never fully realized," Zachary Middleton wrote.

Tickets to the play cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Student tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

- Wayne Washington