Sellers, Cleveland, 1944-.....

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The son of Cleveland and Pauline Taggart Sellers, Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. was born in 1944 in Denmark, S.C., where his father was a businessman and his mother worked as a teacher at the South Carolina Area Trade School. Sellers attended local schools and started a student chapter of the NAACP. He attended Howard University and worked with the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in various civil rights causes around the south and was elected Program Secretary in 1965. In 1967, while organizing students at South Carolina State University, Sellers was shot in a melee that later became known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Three students died, and many were wounded; Sellers alone was indicted and convicted for inciting a riot and served time in jail, as he had for resisting the draft, a case that was later dismissed. In 1969, Sellers taught a black ideology course at Cornell University and later received a Master's Degree from Harvard University. Living in North Carolina, he worked for the city of Greensboro in the Human Resources Department and later as a Housing Administrator; he became involved in many North Carolina related civil rights and black consciousness projects, including Malcolm X. Liberation University. He worked in Jesse Jackson's 1984 and 1988 Presidential Campaigns and received his Ed. D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in education administration in 1987. He was pardoned for his conviction in the Orangeburg Massacre in 1993, and went on to become Director of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina.

From the description of Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. papers, 1934-2003 (bulk 1960-1980). (College of Charleston). WorldCat record id: 69405052

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creatorOf Sellers, Cleveland, 1944-. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. papers, 1934-2003 (bulk 1960-1980). College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
creatorOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). Atlanta Office. Special Events Dept. records, 1964-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Beacham, Frank. Frank Beacham papers, 1988-2000. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Morris, J. Kenneth. J. Kenneth Morris papers, 1872-1983. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
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associatedWith Al-Amin, Jamil, 1943- person
associatedWith All African Revolutionary Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Allen University corporateBody
associatedWith Beacham, Frank. person
associatedWith Black Panther Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Blacks United for Action. corporateBody
associatedWith Carmichael, Stokely. person
associatedWith Cleaver, Eldridge, 1935-1998. person
associatedWith Communist Workers Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Congress of African Peoples. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Jesse, 1941- person
associatedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. person
associatedWith Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Malcolm X Liberation University. corporateBody
associatedWith Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Morris, J. Kenneth. person
associatedWith National Black United Front. corporateBody
associatedWith Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972. person
associatedWith Pan African Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Sellers, Pauline Taggart, 1903-1990. person
associatedWith South Carolina Area Trade School (Denmark, S.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Stone, Sonja Haynes, 1938-1991. person
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). Atlanta Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Student Organization for Black Unity. corporateBody
associatedWith Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Touré, Ahmed Sékou, 1922-1984. person
associatedWith United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation. corporateBody
associatedWith Voorhees College corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Southern States
Bamberg County (S.C.)
United States
South Carolina
Denmark (S.C.)
African American civil rights workers
African American universities and colleges
African American college students
African American college teachers
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
Black nationalism
Black power
Black race
Civil rights workers
College students
Student movements
Vietnam War, 1961-1975


Birth 1944-11-08



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