The Bouie case made it to the United States Supreme Court, which found that the City of Columbia had violated the Fourteenth Amendment rights of the protesters. Bouie, then a student at Allen University, and his friend, Benedict College student Talmadge Neal, were arrested, jailed and convicted for refusing to leave that lunch counter, where they were denied service because they are black.
Fifty-seven years later, Rev. Bouie stood in that same building — now the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects — at 1530 Main St. A historical marker detailing his story as it became the basis for the landmark 1964 civil rights case Bouie v. City of Columbia. This momentous event was witnessed by several members of Chappelle Memorial. A debt of grattitude is owed to Dr. Bobby Donaldson, leader of Columbia SC 63 and director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina.
Richland One School District will induct five new members into the school district’s Hall of Fame in January 2018. One of them is our very own Ruth Black. Sister Black is a retired educator who integrated the Columbia High School faculty in 1968 and touched the lives of hundreds of students as an English teacher and mentor who was known for her compassion, caring and humanitarianism. She also serves as a Steward and a long-time member at our church.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners. Seventy-six men and women have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004. Receiving news of this honor, Sis. Black was recognized in one of our morning worship services, highlighting her as one of many jewel in our church and we thanked God for using her in our church and community.
The 14th Annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The red carpet reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the program/dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. Additional details about the gala, including ticket information, will be announced later.