Published on March 12th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


The Columbia Section of NAUW Shares Stories with Columbia SC 63: Our Stories Matter

Pictured Dr. Bobby Donaldson

Surely you are aware of the recently erected Columbia SC 63 historic markers along Main and Taylor streets; what about watching people take the 2018 Columbia Main Street Historic Walking Tour? Have you wondered about the significance of these markers to the City of Columbia?  The National Association of University Women-Columbia Section decided to get some answers.  In February, the organization invited Dr. Bobby Donaldson as guest speaker for its African American Heritage Observance at First Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Donaldson, a Professor at the University of South Carolina, and lead scholar for Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters provided the group with an exceptional historic lecture presentation about this initiative. As the lecture progressed, members and guests engaged in vigorous conversation regarding several historic findings. It turned out that a few of the attendees had lived through the era as active participants in the civil rights and social justice movement. During this very dynamic and interactive session, the group discovered that Columbia SC 63is a documentary history initiative that chronicles the struggle for civil rights and social justice in and around the City of Columbia, the state, and even on the national stage.

The observance was held at First Calvary Baptist Church, located in the Waverly Historic District, a perfect setting for a heritage observance. First Calvary has its own historic significance in the city and in the Waverly community; time would prevail, church would be involved again with Columbia’s history through its involvement with the students from Allen University and Benedict College, during the 1960’s student movement.  Take the time to hear the story, and you too will be able to connect with your own story.


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