Black History: Aftermath of 1968 Orangeburg Massacre



In 1968, a crowd of black students gathered at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. They were protesting the segregation of the city’s only bowling alley when police arrived and opened fire, killing three and wounding 27 students. The incident went almost unnoticed, yet a similar situation occurred at Kent State University two years later that gained national headlines and is still discussed today. What happened in Orangeburg? Why is it still pushed aside? On this hour of “All Sides,” we’ll talk to an author from Orangeburg who has written a book on the Orangeburg Massacre.


  • Jack Shuler (author and Assistant Professor of English, Denison University)

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Click here for more information on “Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town” by Jack Shuler.

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  • Rosa Bogar

    I am African American I am most proud that Jack Shuler wrote this book. I always knew that healing will never take place until white and black alike be able to share their stories. I feel this could be a great beginning! “I feel fire in my bones” let the healing begin.” Thanks Jack Shuler for your courage  and the best on your book”Blood and Bone”

  • Rosa Bogar

    I hope the day will come when Jack Shuler and and myself can have a conversation about how this tragedy affected our hometown and our lives. I truly feel that could bring about healing and much understanding  for so many. Can you hear me Jack?  [homegilr} Rosa Mavins Bogar I am African American and a proud native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. You can see that through my work!  Thanks, for the space to share Truth!