All for Civil Rights: Exploring the History of South Carolina’s African-American Lawyers

Civil rights attorney and future federal judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. speaks with fellow attorneys Zack Townsend and Earl Coblyn. Photo Credit: Cecil Williams.

W. Lewis Burke, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Law

On Wednesday, March 28, W. Lewis Burke, professor emeritus at the School of Law, draws from his book, “All for Civil Rights,” to deliver a talk on the history of South Carolina's African-American lawyers and their legal education. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. at the School of Law and will be followed by a reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged:

Additionally, attendees can stop by the law library to view the Richard T. Greener artifacts on display. Greener was the university's first African-American professor, and one of the first African-American law graduates, graduating in 1876. View his USC Law diploma, South Carolina law license, and other selected documents in the Law Library's Legal History Room. The exhibit is open to the public from 4-8 p.m. on March 28 to coincide with Burke's talk and book signing. Viewings will also be available upon request through March 30.

The School of Law is located at 1525 Senate Street in Columbia, SC. The event will be held in the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom, and is sponsored by Historic Columbia, the USC History Center, the USC Center for Civil Rights History & Research, and the USC School of Law.

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