Edwards vs. South Carolina: Protecting the right to march

By Emma Collins and Nicole Ziege, F/G Scholars

Students march outside South Carolina State House in 1961 (Photo http://www. sanantoniopeace.center/february-25-in-peace-justice-history-3/)

On March 2, 1961, nearly 200 African American high school and college students gathered at the Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Together, they marched six blocks down to the state capitol building to protest racial inequality and segregation. When they arrived, they proceeded to walk around the state house for 45 minutes while a crowd of nearly 350 onlookers gathered. The city manager began to worry that the situation would become dangerous and that traffic would further be disruptive, so he asked the police officers to tell the crowd of protestors to disperse. The police complied and told the protestors they had 15 minutes to disperse or they would be arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of the peace. Continue reading Edwards vs. South Carolina: Protecting the right to march