Columbia, SC (WLTX) - This week teachers from all over the state are back in school.

The 15 educators are learning about the importance South Carolina activists played in the civil rights movement.

“The goal is really to educate teachers about the civil rights movement in South Carolina to give them lesson plans,” USC Center for Civil Rights History and Research Director Bobby Donaldson explained. “To educate young men and women about what happened in this state 50 years ago.”

The teachers are hearing from activists who led marches and demonstrations and they are touring some of the significant monuments and landmarks honoring South Carolina Black history.

“I've learned so much this whole week that I was not aware of the civil rights in key places - Birmingham and Selma and all of that but that was it,” Teacher Maureen Stevens admitted.

This is the first year for USC's Civil Rights Teacher Institute, thanks to a grant from the National Park Service.
Officials tell us they hope to continue the institute next year.

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