Monday, February 4, 2008
40 years ago, three youths died and two dozen more were wounded by police gunfire on the third night of chaos that began when black students attempted to go bowling at a segregated bowling alley. Afterward, the police officers were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, but Cleveland L. Sellers was convicted of riot. He had been wounded by gunshot and was arrested while recovering in the hospital. Sellers was sentenced to one year at hard labor and released after seven months. He was pardoned in 1993 and became director of the University of South Carolina's African-American Studies program. See complete story here.