March Timeline


Ernest A. Finney, Jr., the first African-American Supreme Court Justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction Era was born


Singer, Teddy Pendergrass was born in Kingstree, SC


Allen University & Benedict College students conduct first sit-in in Columbia at Woolworth and S.H. Kress Department Stores

South Carolina Student Movement Association was formed by students from Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University and South Carolina State University

The South Carolina Council on Human Relations announced the group’s support of the student-led sit-in movement

Charles Barr, Milton Green, Richard Counts, Johnny Clark and one unidentified student shop at Taylor St. Pharmacy & are later arrested for criminal trespassing

Simon Bouie & Tallmadge Neal sat in a restaurant booth in Eckerd’s Drug Store and waited for service. They were arrested for criminal trespassing & convicted

Members of the SC Student Movement Association held a protest in Columbia, SC designed to take place at the same time as one happening on the same day in Orangeburg, SC. 11 students were arrested over the course of two days


In response to the Lennie Glover stabbing, African American students led a boycott of Main Street businesses in Columbia, SC. The “Easter Lennie Glover No Buying Campaign” featured daily picketing and sit-ins


South Carolina State University students demonstrate at the South Carolina State House in response to the Orangeburg Massacre


Booker T. Washington High School student body, alumni, and faculty were distraught over the decision to sell the school to the University of South Carolina without plans to relocate the historic African American landmark. Frankie B. Outten, representing the faculty, presented to Richland County School District One Board of Commissioners “A Testimonial to Booker T. Washington High School”


Benjamin Elijah Mays, educator, social activist, mentor to Dr. King, and the president of Morehouse College died in Atlanta, GA