Facebook obviously has its faults, but it’s got one huge virtue — it makes it so much easier to keep track of what your friends and family members are doing. Take Uncle Mack, for example. What’s the lawyer/saxophonist/actor/occasional Webner House contributor in the family up to? It turns out he’s been working on a film called The Orangeburg Massacre. Calhoun ‘da Creator’ Cornwell is the motivating force behind the movie, and his Facebook page has lots of information about it, including the photo above in which Uncle Mack is prominently featured. A trailer for the film is due in the near future, and I’ll post it when I see it.
The Orangeburg Massacre is the name given to the incident in which South Carolina Highway Patrolmen opened fire on students at South Carolina State College, who had been protesting in an effort to achieve desegregation of a bowling alley. Three African-American students were killed and and 27 people were wounded in the shooting, which occurred on February 8, 1968 — more than three years before the much more well known Kent State shootings. Does anyone doubt that the relative notoriety of the two incidents has at least some relationship to the race of the students who were victims? It is wonderful that a film is being made about the Orangeburg Massacre, 45 years later.
Some people retire and do nothing except work on their tans and frequent Early Bird specials at local restaurants; others use their newfound free time to explore new interests and expand their horizons. Uncle Mack is squarely in the latter camp, and I think what he is doing is pretty cool. I don’t know anything about the movie or his role, but I am proud of his willingness to tackle it and, we can hope, contribute to greater awareness of a shameful, racist chapter in American history.