Former interim president, theater professor featured in new TV series, web site

Thursday, January 18, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – A new ETV Web site and television program that explores the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina will feature a few individuals with ties to SC State University.

SC State theater professor Ursula Robinson and three S.C. students will host the television program, Road Trip! Through South Carolina Civil Rights History. During the show, one of the those students, 15-year-old Amanda Finney interviews her grandfather, prominent Civil Rights figure, noted judge and former SC State interim president, Ernest A. Finney, ’54.

The Road Trip! Through South Carolina Civil Rights History Web site --, which goes live on Monday, Jan. 22, is an awesome technological escape via a hi-tech hybrid vehicle equipped with virtual instruments such as a GPS system that produces maps to explore South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement, a wireless laptop that provides search options, a smart phone that offers photos and quick facts and a digital camcorder for viewing video clips and interviews with individuals who made substantial contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina.

Road Trip!, the television program, features 13 mid-state counties, including Orangeburg, Clarendon and Richland. Hosted by a team of three S.C. students – Amanda Finney of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Victoria Wilson of Hand Middle School and Zachary Woods of Irmo High School – and Professor Robinson, each destination presents a unique occasion to learn about grassroots leaders who made a difference in S.C. Civil Rights history. The program airs statewide on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

Road Trip! Through South Carolina Civil Rights History is a collaborative project between the S.C. State Museum, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, Avery Research Center, the S.C. Commission on Minority Affairs, USC Department of African American Studies, S.C. middle school teachers and the newly formed S.C. Council for African American Studies (SCCAAS).

ETV is South Carolina’s statewide network with 11 television stations, eight radio stations and a closed-circuit educational telecommunications system in more than 2,000 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies.