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The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

Event • Jun 18

We’re partnering with the SC State Museum on June 18 at 6:00 p.m. to shed light on a pivotal moment in American history with a screening of The Blinding of Isaac Woodard based on Richard Gergel’s book, “Unexampled Courage”.

A talkback will follow the film. Kathryn M. Silva, Associate Professor of History at Claflin University, will moderate a discussion with Ramon Jackson, Curator of African American History at the SCSM, Robert Greene III, Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University, and Elizabeth Laney, Research Assistant at the Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era (USC – Beaufort) about the history of the Black experience in the military.

Join us for an evening of reflection, education, and inspiration as we honor Juneteenth and continue the journey toward racial equity and justice. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and commemorate the resilience of those who fought for freedom.

About the film: In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. The shocking incident made national headlines and, when the police chief was acquitted by an all-white jury, the blatant injustice would change the course of American history. Based on Richard Gergel’s book “Unexampled Courage”, the film details how the crime led to the racial awakening of President Harry Truman, who desegregated federal offices and the military two years later. The event also ultimately set the stage for the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, which finally outlawed segregation in public schools and jumpstarted the modern civil rights movement.