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S 1001
Session 112 (1997-1998) 

S 1001 Joint Resolution, By Jackson, Alexander, Anderson, Branton, Bryan, Cork, 
Courson, Courtney, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, 
Grooms, Hayes, Holland, Hutto, Land, Lander, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, 
Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Passailaigue, Patterson, 
Peeler, Rankin, Ravenel, Reese, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, 
J.V. Smith, Thomas, Waldrep, Washington and Wilson
 A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE, COMMEMORATE AND EXPRESS PROFOUND GRATITUDE
 AND SORROW FOR THE SUPREME SACRIFICE MADE ON FEBRUARY 8, 1968, BY THREE YOUNG
 STUDENTS, SAMUEL HAMMOND, JR., AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
 COLLEGE FRESHMAN FROM FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, DELANO HERMAN MIDDLETON, A
 SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENT AT WILKINSON HIGH SCHOOL IN ORANGEBURG, AND HENRY
 EZEKIAL SMITH, AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SOPHOMORE AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE COLLEGE,
 FROM MARION.

   02/05/98  Senate Adopted SJ-12



A SENATE RESOLUTION

TO RECOGNIZE, COMMEMORATE AND EXPRESS PROFOUND GRATITUDE AND SORROW FOR THE SUPREME SACRIFICE MADE ON FEBRUARY 8, 1968, BY THREE YOUNG STUDENTS, SAMUEL HAMMOND, JR., AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SOUTH CAROLINA STATE COLLEGE FRESHMAN FROM FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, DELANO HERMAN MIDDLETON, A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENT AT WILKINSON HIGH SCHOOL IN ORANGEBURG, AND HENRY EZEKIAL SMITH, AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SOPHOMORE AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE COLLEGE, FROM MARION.

Whereas, these three young men: Samuel Hammond, Jr., Delano Herman Middleton, and Henry Ezekial Smith, believing in America and our systems, were joining other young men and women in peaceful demonstrations protesting the prohibition of their entrance into and use of a local bowling alley because of their race; and

Whereas, in the process these young men were shot and killed while twenty-seven others, male and female, were wounded; and

Whereas, those of us in responsible roles of leadership today wish to express to their families, friends and all Americans our sincere sorrow at their deaths and profound gratitude for their courageNext and efforts; and

Whereas, we sincerely believe that we all must learn to love and appreciate each other as children of the same Maker and members of one race, the human race; and

Whereas, we want to finally recognize all of these Previouscourageous young people for their efforts and sacrifice and declare February 8 as an honorary day of memory for Samuel Hammond, Jr., Delano Herman Middleton, and Henry Ezekial Smith. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate:

That the members of the Senate posthumously honor these three brave young men on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of their great sacrifice and that South Carolina State University will display this resolution in a position of honor and prominence in the University's Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to South Carolina State University.

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