SC State University Alumnus to Keynote Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony

Monday, February 8, 2010

SalleySC State University will observe the 42nd Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre during the Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Auditorium, located on the campus of SC State. 

The Orangeburg Massacre, which occurred on Feb. 8, 1968, resulted in the killing of three students and the serious wounding of 28 others by state police following student unrest related to picketing at a segregated bowling alley.

During the ceremony, survivors, victims’ families and the Orangeburg community will commemorate those slain during the Orangeburg Massacre incident.

James Salley, SC State University Alumnus,’73, and associate vice-chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, will serve as keynote speaker of the ceremony.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Salley was educated in the public schools of Orangeburg and graduated from SC State University. While at SC State, he was a member of the internationally known Henderson-Davis Players and traveled to nine countries performing with the theatre touring company.  He received honors for best actor and supporting actor in “Purlie Victorious Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” and is a national speech and prose winner. He also served as the executive producer, host and road manager of the SC State University football television show for 14 years.

Salley furthered his studies at Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities in Nashville, Tenn.  He spent 15 years in the field of broadcasting where he held various positions.  Salley was the first African American to serve as president of the South Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters Association (SCBA) and the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas (RTNDAC).

Salley was employed as the director of Institutional Advancement at SC State University prior to working at Africa University.  In that capacity, he had total responsibility for activities relative to government relations and corporate and business development.

Serving as associate vice-chancellor for more than 17 years, Salley is responsible for interpreting the programs of Africa University to local churches, organizations and agencies throughout the United Methodist connection and beyond.  He also serves as the chief advancement officer and fundraiser for the institution and is in charge of the University’s Institutional Advancement Program.

Salley’s years of experience will not only make him a noteworthy speaker for this commemoration ceremony, but will prove to be a prime example for the first group of recipients for the SGA Orangeburg Massacre Social Mobility Scholarship, to be recognized at the 42nd Anniversary. The need-based scholarship will assist students with the cost of books. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the play, “Taking A Stand,” will go towards the scholarship.
The spring 2010 scholarship recipients are:

Ejiro-Oghene Agbatatu, freshman, biology major
Hussein Davies, junior, music education major
Jamie Dicks, graduate studies, english major
Ensley Graves, senior, speech pathology major
Maurice Hunter, junior, social work major
Michelle Mitchell, sophomore, psychology major
Brianna Oates, sophomore, sports communication major
Anton Stinson, senior, professional english major


For more information on the 42nd Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony, contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (803) 536-7057, or call (803) 378-1917.