Friday, October 17, 2008

South Carolina: Another Pardoned President

The Charleston Post and Courier reports Dr. Cleveland Louis Sellers Jr. has been inaugurated as President of Voorhees College. Sellers attended Voorhees High School and organized sit-ins in the early 1960s before joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The Post and Courier reports that, in 1968, he was "caught up in the turmoil at S.C. State College," shot in the "Orangeburg Massacre," arrested and jailed on "questionable charges." But, in 1993, Sellers received a full pardon from the state's Probation, Pardon and Parole Board. Says Sellers, "Black colleges have to exist because so many African-Americans don't have the experience of their own culture." See story here.

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