SC State University students to chronicle history

Thursday, August 25, 2011

As a result of the phenomenal multimedia presentation that SC State University I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium interns recently presented at the Association of African-American Museums (AAAM) conference held in Tallahassee, Fla., they have been selected by the host committee to video document the educational and commemorative events surrounding the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) National Memorial Dedication.

“I am most proud of the achievements made by our students as they, under the direction of faculty and staff represent SC State University at the highest levels,” said President George Cooper.  “I am proud of this recent acknowledgement and the invitation for our students to participate in an historical event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in Washington, D.C.,” he continued.

The events, which will span four days, Aug. 24- Aug. 28, will be chronicled by SC State students. The video/web-video documentation that they will produce will help further educate the national and international public about MLK Jr.’s legacy and philosophy, promote non-violence, multiracial and multicultural understanding and religious tolerance, as well as the Memorial Dedication.

SC State students will have the opportunity to interview people who attended the 1963 ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’ on what it was like to attend the event, how MLK Jr. and the civil rights movement influenced their lives, what progress has been made on jobs, civil rights/human rights since then, and what the MLK Jr. National Memorial Dedication means. The students will also be able to interview young people and students on what MLK Jr., the civil rights movement/human rights movement and the significance of the Memorial Dedication means. Lastly, they will have total access to the entire Memorial Dedication activities. The product of work that they produce will be viewed by the masses and archived for eternity as an official document of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication.

“SC State University has dynamic students who work tirelessly to do great things, and I am so proud of our Museum interns for their presentation at the AAAM conference, which ultimately led to this national recognition and opportunity,” said Ellen Zisholtz, director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.