Buffalo Soldiers march in Black History Parade
On February 4, hundreds gathered on Harden Street to watch the 13th Annual Statewide Black History Parade. The educational event included educators, community leaders, and young people. Civil Rights activist James Felder, who supported the first parade 13 years ago, made a special appearance along with the National Buffalo Soldiers.
The National Buffalo
Soldiers from the South Carolina chapter made an appearance on horseback during the parade. The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry were a segregated regiment that served combat during the Indian War, the Spanish- American War, and the Phillipine-American War.
Other appearances at the parade included members of the Columbia Police Department, the Benedict College band, and Claflin University’s dance team, among other organizations.
Since 1997, the president of FUNDS Incorporated, Oveta Glover, who is no stranger to historic events, was one of the first 11 students to integrate an all-white elementary school in Charleston, South Carolina, nine years after Brown vs. Board of Education was enacted. Striving for change runs in her blood. Her father, Reverend Dr. Benjamin J. Glover, is a renowned civil rights leader.