Orangeburg Massacre 41st Commemoration Ceremony

Friday, February 6, 2009

SC State University, Claflin University, Voorhees College, and the Orangeburg community will observe the 41st Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at 3 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Auditorium, on SC State’s campus.

The hour-long documentary, which highlights historical events captured more than four decades ago, took more than 10 years to complete due to extensive research and funding issues. The documentary was directed and produced by Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson of Northern Lights Production Company.

"This is one of the most important events of the civil rights movement that Americans don't know. Our job as documentary filmmakers is to shed light on incidents that have not been fully considered; to raise questions that will contribute to the discussion of accountability so as to help ensure that this kind of tragedy never happens again," said producers Cram and Richardson.

Immediately following the commemoration ceremony, there will be a procession to the memorial monument, lighting of the eternal flame, and planting of the ‘Tree of Reconciliation’.

Orangeburg native, photographer and author, Cecil Williams will also sign copies of his book Orangeburg 1968.

Prior to the commemoration ceremony, a Sunrise Ecumenical Service will be held at 7 a.m. in the Dorothy E. Elmore Chapel on the campus of Claflin University.

Visit the website for more information, directions to the ceremony, a historical summary and media resources including hi-res images and personal contacts for advance coverage.