University of South Carolina Partners with National Park Service to Bolster Civil Rights Education

The Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina (USC) is partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) for five years to bolster the center’s civil rights education and research.University Of South Carolina

“I’m so pleased to join with the Center for Civil Rights History and Research in advancing much needed scholarship to deepen our understanding of pivotal moments and people in the American civil rights movement,” said Chuck Sams, director of the  National Park Service. “Together will work to preserve and promote the often overlooked contributions to the American civil rights here in South Carolina and serve as a national model for interdisciplinary work in civil rights history, research and education.” 

The center will receive $3.4 million from NPS. The money will go towards efforts including exhibits and programming at in-state sites in the NPS’s African American Civil Rights Network, which aims to present a comprehensive narrative of those associated with the African American civil rights movement. 

“South Carolina’s rich civil rights history has not received the recognition it deserves. I authored the language to create this partnership between the National Park Service and USC’s civil rights center so that this important story could be documented and shared,” said U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, who represents South Carolina in Congress. “I am pleased this partnership has been formalized and look forward to this collaboration leading to a better understanding and appreciation of our state’s contributions to racial equity and justice in this country.”