Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia is launching an initiative to spotlight the role the Midlands played in shaping the American Civil Rights Movement.
Thursday kicked off a year of events set on focusing on stories from the 60's like student sit-ins and marches, court cases and the integration of the University of South Carolina.
USC History professor Dr. Bobby Donaldson said it's about recognizing the local people who were involved in making history.
"This is an opportunity to understand how the bold actions of students and the courageous decisions of leaders in our own city helped to transform the nation," he said.
The website ColumbiaSC63.com also launched with a calendar of upcoming events and programs where Columbia residents will share their own stories.