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January 15, 2009

Dedicated To The Proposition: Surviving Orangeburg

Dr. Cleveland Sellers has risen through the ranks of academia and is now president of Voorhees College, a historically black school in his hometown of Denmark, S.C. But there was a time when Cleveland Sellers couldn’t even get a job. Cleveland was a prominent civil rights activist in the 1960s and was watched closely by law enforcement. When police opened fire on a group of students protesting segregation in Orangeburg, S.C., Cleveland was blamed and thrown in prison.

Decades later Cleveland was officially pardoned, but the cost to his professional and personal life can never be erased. Dr. Sellers talks with host Dick Gordon about moving on after the Orangeburg Massacre, and about his hopes for America under the leadership of Barack Obama.

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