WXXI's African American Educational Awareness Film Series

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Presents Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, which brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial.

WXXI annual African American Educational Awareness Film Series concludes on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at WXXI’s Studios, 280 State Street in Rochester. Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, followed by a discussion moderated by a special guest, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Shelley Figueroa at (585) 258-0278 or email her at sfig...@wxxi.org.

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 screens Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. On February 8, 1968, eight seconds of police gunfire left three African American students dying and 27 wounded on the campus of South Carolina State College at Orangeburg. The shooting capped off four days of student protests over the desegregation of the city's only bowling alley. Often termed "the Kent State of the South," and pre-dating it by two years, the shooting marked the first time in U.S. history that police opened fire on students. Through interviews and archival material, Scarred Justice examines the tumultuous events of that day from a variety of perspectives and follows the ongoing efforts to seek justice for the victims.

WXXI’s Community Partners for this film series include: Pothos Productions, Operation Higher Learning, Freedom Trail Commission, USA Youth Soccer Academy, WHTK-1280 “What’s Going on with Brown and Allen,” The Community Place of Greater Rochester, and Minority Telecommunications, LLC.