SC State University to Celebrate Former Professor’s Historical Book

Friday, April 13, 2018


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m., SC State will host a celebration of its former history professor, Dr. William C. Hine’s, new book entitled, “South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America.” The event, centered around the book’s story, will be held in the Fine Arts Building auditorium on campus.


Dr. HinesThe program will include a panel discussion, book signing, reception and remarks by President James E. Clark and university provost, Dr. Learie B. Luke.


On April 16, the University of South Carolina Press will publish the book. USC’s Press is “one of the oldest publishing houses in the South and among the most respected in the Southeast,” according to the press’s website.


Hine recently retired as a history professor from SC State and is no stranger to authoring notable historical works. He is coauthor with Darlene Clark Hine and SC State professor of political science and history, Dr. Stanley Harrold, of “The African-American Odyssey,” which is a highly-rated African American history textbook.


In “South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America,” Hine provides a well-researched and detailed analysis of the university’s history. The book describes various aspects of the school, including its background and founding in 1896, along with the contributions made by its legendary former president, Dr. M. Maceo Nance Jr., until his retirement in 1986. Throughout the book, Hine places the university, which began as the Colored Normal Industrial and Mechanical College of South Carolina, within the context of higher education for African Americans in the South.


“For more than a century, SC State has been South Carolina’s leading black public institution. During the long era of Jim Crow, the college was confined by law, solely to African Americans,” Hine said.


“But it was always more than just a small college that educated a few hundred young black people. Students and faculty members built much of the original campus. Students took part in athletics, as well as musical, religious and cultural activities that featured the creative contributions of African Americans. The college had a farm with a wide variety of crops and animals. It also operated a primary and secondary school. The school’s cooperative extension program sent farm and home demonstration agents into more than half of the state’s counties to serve impoverished rural black families. Once the U.S. Army ROTC program was established, it trained and produced exceptional military officers.”


“This is the story of that college and the generations of people associated with it. It’s a fascinating account that should be of interest to anyone curious and concerned about South Carolina’s history and African American history,” he continued.


In the book, Hine examines the role that racial segregation played in the university’s development and the university’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. The book also explores the impact on SC State, as segregation legally came to an end.


Additionally, the historian discusses the university’s changing curriculum, changing relationships with students, the development of its academic and athletic programs and the contributions of administrators, faculty and staff throughout the years.


Dr. Benedict Jua, professor of political science and chair of the university’s Department of Social Sciences, will lead the panel discussion during the event. Hine will offer his remarks as well.


Other panelists include Dr. Larry Watson, an SC State professor of history, and panelists from the University of South Carolina: Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson, associate professor of history and African-American studies and Dr. Valinda Littlefield, history professor and director of African-American studies.


The book signing and reception will follow the panel discussion. The event is free of charge and open to the public.


For more information about the event, contact Dr. Benedict Jua at (803) 536-8969, (803) 536-8169, bjua@scsu.edu or Dr. Stanley Harrold at (803) 536-8693, sharrold@scsu.edu.