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New Insights in the American Civil Rights Movement: South Carolina Council on Human Relations Records

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South Carolina Council on Human Relations (SCCHR) played a key role in fostering better living and social conditions for African Americans and promoting racial harmony within South Carolina and the South generally. Its archives document the movement for civil rights within South Carolina during the twentieth century.  The digitization and description of these materials has been made possible via grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources, for their Hidden Collections grant cycle 2020-2023. We appreciate their funding of this nationally important digital collection.

The Council’s history dates to the formation in 1919 of the South Carolina Committee on Interracial Cooperation. This committee later became the South Carolina Division of the Southern Regional Council (SRC), a national organization formed to promote civil rights. The South Carolina Council on Human Relations was formed in 1957 as an affiliate of the SRC. As did its predecessor organizations, the Council evolved over time, responding to changes in South Carolina society and the perception by Council’s leadership of its role and mission.

NOTE: This collection contains a great deal of historical information, and in some documents you will find racial slurs. The University of South Carolina Libraries does not promote or endorse these slurs, but instead looks to provide unedited historical documents about the civil rights movement in South Carolina.

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