Orangeburg Massacre victim speaks to Citadel audience


CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Cleveland Sellers, Ph.D, a survivor of the Orangeburg Massacre, spoke during former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s class, “The Why and the How: The Making of the International African American Museum.”

Sellers walked the audience through his live during the civil rights movement, including February 8, 1968, known as the Orangeburg Massacre. He was one of the almost 30 injured when South Carolina State Troopers fired into a crowd of students.

Two South Carolina State students and one high school student died.

Sellers served seven months in prison after the massacre. During that time, he wrote his autobiography, The River of No Return.

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