Episode 1: South Carolina’s Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Release Date: February 8, 2021
In the premiere episode of the WIL Listen podcast, we commemorate Black History Month with Anita Garrett’s interview of Author Claudia Smith Brinson about her book Stories of Struggle: The Clash Over Civil Rights in South Carolina.
Stories of Struggle is a book of South Carolina stories. Stories of hate, intimidation, violence and murder. And stories of devotion, courage, and perseverance. Stories of lesser-known civil rights leaders and individuals dedicated to making better lives for their children, despite their activism resulting in physical abuse, punishment, loss of livelihood, and families torn apart. These intimate stories, both heartbreaking and inspiring, shine a light on the progress achieved by nonviolent civil rights activists while also revealing white South Carolinians’ often violent resistance to change. Claudia shares the stories of sacrifice of these brave, modest, benevolent, courageous and dedicated leaders, and how the progress they produced offers hope for the future.