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April

April

11

1877

Reconstruction came to an end in South Carolina

14

1868

South Carolina voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228, and elected state officers, including the first Black cabinet officer, Francis L. Cardozo, secretary of state. New constitution required integrated education and contained a strong bill of rights section: “Distinctions on account of race or color, in any case whatever, shall be prohibited, and all classes of citizens shall enjoy equally all common, public, legal and political privileges.”

17

1911

Senator Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was born in Clyde Township, SC. Newman was the first African American to serve in the South Carolina Senate since Reconstruction

17

1968

Malcolm X gave an address at the Mosque in Columbia, SC

18

1963

Brown vs. SC Forestry Commission case opens

20

2010

Steve Benjamin wins election with 56% of the vote becoming  Columbia’s first African American mayor

25

1968

Robert Kennedy spoke at the University of South Carolina about the national government’s role in eliminating racial discrimination

26

1938

Jasper Cureton, the first African-American appellate judge in South Carolina since reconstruction was born in Walhalla, SC