Day 145 | May 25, 2014

4-H members with beef cattle

Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, 4-H clubs and Extension programming was segregated. 4-H club boys and girls grew out 196 beef calves in 1947, 185 of which were exhibited at fairs and livestock shows. Image courtesy of Clemson University Special Collections.

New Era

From The History of South Carolina Cooperative Extension Service by Clyde E. Woodall

During the 1960s, the 4-H program experienced many changes. Passage of the Civil Rights Act ushered in a new era for 4-H. in 1965, black 4-H'ers attended the State 4-H Club Week at Clemson University, the National 4-H Conference in Washington DC and the National 4-H Congress in Chicago with white 4-H'ers from South Carolina for the first time. All separate programs for blacks and whites were eliminated...

...Passage of the Civil Rights Act meant that all 4-H programs at all levels had to be held on an integrated basis. Many programs were discontinued until adjustments could be made. By 1968, many counties had made the necessary adjustments and were conducting all county-wide events on an integrated basis.


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