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When the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina hit its stride, Cecil Williams was there with his camera creating a visual record through marches, meetings, sit-ins, demonstrations and riots. A child of the movement, himself, Williams was both an active participant and a passionate observer and preserver of its history. It is a role he prepared for from childhood; a role he embraces, yet today.

Williams is outspoken in his belief that the Civil Rights Movement had its beginning in Clarendon County, South Carolina, and that South Carolina—especially his hometown of Orangeburg—played a critical and pivotal role on the national civil rights front, although its primacy and impact are little known and accorded scant recognition. Through publications, sharing his photographs, telling the stories—and most recently, creating a South Carolina Civil Rights Museum, Williams hopes to correct this oversight. The two-part documentary, The World of Cecil tells his story through glimpses of major events and people, illuminated by Cecil’s photographs. Along the way, we learn of the myriad talents and accomplishments of Cecil J. Williams, the man, who set out to help make the world a better place.



Native American “Code Talkers” played a crucial role in the allied victory in World War II. Coined by the U.S. Marine Corps, a “Code Talker” is the term given to American Indians who used their tribal languages to send secret coded communications on the battlefield. Although the tactic of using native languages to transmit secret messages was first tested in World War I, it wasn’t until World War II that the US military developed a specific policy to recruit and train Native American speakers as battlefield communicators.

While the U.S. Marine Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific Theater are arguably the most well-known, members from at least 14 other Native nations served as Code Talkers during WWII. Being a Code Talker was an especially dangerous job in the Pacific Theater since Japanese forces were ordered to specifically target officers, medics, and radiomen.

Despite the heroic contributions of these Code Talkers during the war, recognition was slow even after the Code Talkers program was declassified in 1968. There was some recognition throughout the 1970's and 1980's - President Ronald Reagan recognized Navajo Code Talkers by naming August 14, 1982 as Navajo Code Talkers Day. On December 21, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106–554, 114 Statute 2763, which awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the original 29 World War II Navajo code talkers and Silver Medals to each person who qualified as a Navajo code talker (approximately 300). The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 further expanded recognition by honoring Code Talkers from both world wars. It was signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush on November 15, 2008.

The Navajo Code remains the only military code in modern history to never be broken by an enemy.


The Battle of Camden during the American Revolutionary War is one of the most notorious battles to ever take place on U.S. soil.

The Battle of Camden occurred on August 16, 1780. The evening before the battle, General Horatio Gates' patriot forces suffered dysentery. Despite their illness, Gates decided the soldiers would engage the British army the following morning. Although the patriots initially had the advantage, they had decreased by 25% because only 3,000 rebel soldiers were healthy enough to take the field after their ailments the previous evening. The issue that eventually brought the Continental army to its demise was the lack of bayonets. Due to the lack of arsenal and manpower, the patriots suffered a harsh defeat, failing in making any progress against General Lord Charles Cornwallis' British forces.

The Carolina Jessamine, South Carolina's state flower, is a vibrant yellow bloom found throughout the state and Southeast. This versatile plant, cherished for its beauty and traditional medicinal uses, thrives in the region's heat, and likes well-drained soil. However, its toxic nature warrants caution, as it can be lethal when consumed. 

Explore the enduring legacy of the Catawba Nation, an ancient culture rooted in pottery, history, and resilience in South Carolina.

Although best known as fierce abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimké were the first South Carolina Women to publicly advocate for women's suffrage.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is not just a campus but also a historic Civil War site. Its origins lie in Rutledge Chapel, the first building on the Historic Horseshoe. The Longstreet Theatre, now a theater, served as a morgue, hospital, gymnasium, and armory during the war. The protective wall along Sumter St. prevented fire damage during the Burning of Columbia in 1865, preserving the college grounds.

Born into a free black family during Reconstruction, the Rollin sisters played a pivotal role in advancing women's suffrage in South Carolina. Frances, Lottie, and Louisa were prominent activists. Frances challenged discrimination on a steamboat and won a court case. They founded a school for black children, later relocating due to funding issues. Lottie became the first black woman to address the state legislature on women's suffrage. Frances married civil rights activist William J. Whipper, and with his aid, the sisters left a profound impact on the state's legislature.


SmartARTS is Metropolitan Arts Council’s successful arts education/STEAM initiative. Founded in 2002, it provides Greenville County Schools with teaching artists, art supplies, professional development for educators in 83 schools, and mentorship to facilitate arts-integrated units of study in science, math, history, and language arts classrooms. The mission of SmartARTS is to improve academic achievement through arts-rich experiences in the core curriculum to encourage career-ready creative problem solving and greater self-awareness. With 85% of current requests coming from moderate to high poverty schools, SmartARTS helps students re-engage with learning and find hope despite trauma. It also helps build vocabulary and context through dialogue, collaborative learning, and reflection as students explore the curriculum through the lens of the arts.  

The Parenting Partnerships mission is to support parents by providing education, information, and resources that parents can use in their role as their child's first and most important teacher. Parenting Partnerships and Family Resource Center in York County prides itself in walking with families through child development to build a strong foundation of success for students and parents. Parenting Partnerships’ comprehensive approach to promoting school readiness includes a range of services from in home parent education, center-based education, community-based activities, and take-home resources. Parenting Partnerships also partners with health and human service agencies to address the health, safety, and developmental needs of children. The program meets parents where they are--at laundromats, a local farm, the public library, in the park or in their homes. 

Kids On Point, located in Charleston, works in direct partnership with institutions of public education to extend, support, and enhance classroom learning by addressing 3rd-12th grade students’ emotional, physical, and material needs. Kids On Point’s out-of-school time activities and practices are strongly rooted in positive youth development research and on proven models, particularly those of the Squash and Education Alliance. While academic and athletic achievement is the cornerstone of this initiative, Kids On Point operates with the philosophy that programs must remove barriers for students so they may be successful in all aspects of life, and this begins with access to basic necessities and consistent social and emotional support.  

Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, is a high-quality, universally available, evidenced-based intervention with more than 20 years of peer-reviewed research. Triple P Greenville, launched in spring 1999, is a partnership between Greenville First Steps, the Children’s Trust of SC, the Greenville County Schools, and 20 community partners. Triple P is delivered with fidelity to a national model, as a multi-tiered system of parenting supports for the family. Parents can participate in large group sessions, small group sessions, or one-on-one. Communities also have access to print, online, and community-awareness resources. In Greenville, Triple P has assisted in reducing problematic behaviors in children and improving well-being and parenting skills. Parents and caregivers utilizing Triple P coaching say they are also less stressed, less depressed, and less likely to use harsh discipline within the household. The supportive parenting style promoted by Triple P helps families create structure and boundaries for their children, guiding their behavior. 



National Career Development Month

Career education resources are available in all of the Career Clusters by visiting our Career Explorations Collection! You can locate these assets easily by Series or Career Cluster.

Career Explorations on

KnowItAll brings an abundance of career education and job shadowing videos to your computer, tablet or mobile device! These videos provide insight into a wide array of professions, as students plan the pathway that best suits them.

You can locate these assets easily by Career Cluster and by  Series  - Under Within This Collection, you’ll see the career education videos grouped by Career Cluster and just below, you’ll see the Related Series!

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Carolina Classrooms

Career Aisle – Career and Technology Education Centers & Videos 

Produced by ETV, these interviews highlight jobs in various geographic regions of our state. SC Career and Technology Centers are located in these areas and school districts. Ask your school guidance counselor for more information.

Aiken County Career and Technology Center (Warrenville) | Anderson I and II Career and Technology Center (Williamston) | Barnwell County Career Center (Blackville) | Colleton Career Skills Center (Walterboro) | Dorchester County Career and Technology Center (Summerville) | Enoree Career Center (Greenville) | Fairfield Career and Technology Center (Winnsboro) Heyward Career and Technology Center (Columbia) | Lexington Technology Center | Daniel Morgan Technology Center (Spartanburg) | Hamilton Career and Technology Center (Seneca, Oconee County) | Pickens County Career and Technology Center (Liberty) | G. Frank Russell Career Center (Greenwood) Sumter Career and Technology Center | Union County Schools | Woolard Technology Center (Camden) 

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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated from November 1-30 each year.

View our Native American Heritage Collection

Within This Collection (Native American Tribes and Their History)



Veterans Day

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Lesson plans for teachers that meet South Carolina standards.

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