Learning Exchange: Bridging the Gap between the University and the Community


Host Organization: Arts Festival @ South Carolina State University
April 2009 & 2010

RSC Team:                   SCSU Professors:        Community Members:       RSC Members:
Gwylene Gallimard        Kim LeDee                     Ms. Ali                                  Omari Fox
Ebony Golden                Delvina Wescott             Ms. Ruth                              Latonnya Wallace
Hope Clark                     Frank Martin
Shon Sims                      Ellen Zisholtz

(Ebony Golden, Shon Sims, Kim LeDee, Hope Clark)

Kim LeDee and Delvina Wescott organized an Arts Festival at SCSU and asked RSC to come and help ‘Bridge the Gap’ between the University and the Community. Research about the community involved reading about the Orangeburg Massacre that occurred in 1968. http://www.orangeburgmassacre1968.com/

In 2010 a play was written about the subject by a SCSU student and was produced. Some excerpts of the play. http://www.thetandd.com/vmix_8da1f170-d193-11df-9128-001cc4c03286.html

We opened the Learning Exchange workshop by recognizing this history and honoring the living Cleveland Sellers. It took 23 years for him to be pardoned for inciting a riot at a non-violent protest in 1968. Sellers is now an African American studies professor at South Carolina University.

Learning Exchange vs. Workshop

Gwylene Gallimard: “We must think of the multiplicity of audiences when we deal with partnerships, gaps or space in between, building bridges.”

“I realized the Learning Exchange was the whole experience of visiting Orangeburg and SCSU. The conversations that I had as a visitor felt as important as the pre-planned activities exchanged in the day-long workshop”  – Hope Clark

The workshop started by looking at the brainstorming session we had at a previous breakfast about what the community and the university may do together.


Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.