Group releases schedule of events for teacher rally at SC statehouse

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 5:49 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Wednesday, thousands of teachers and supporters will be heading to the South Carolina statehouse for a scheduled rally. SC for Ed is organizing the Wednesday rally, saying lawmakers have not done enough this year to help teachers after promising education reform.

SC for Ed has also released its schedule ahead of time with a number of speakers including CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers.

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Register & Rally at the Department of Education

1429 Senate Street, Columbia SC 29201

9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

March to and Around State House Grounds

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Guest Speakers:

-Lisa Ellis, SC for Ed Board Member and Teacher

-Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst

-Louise Brown, Activist

-Relly Arford, Student

-Beatrice King, Richland School District One Commissioner

-Sariah McCall, Former Teacher and Activist

-Representative Russell Ott, District 93

-Mike Burgess, Teacher

-Representative Ivory Thigpen, District 79

-Otiana Thompson, Student

-Senator Mike Fanning, District 17

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Line Gervais Street to Rally for Education! Bring Your Signs!


SC for Ed is advising you leave in plenty of time in order to find parking.

Some garages in downtown Columbia are:

Park Street Garage

1007 Park Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Discovery Plaza Garage

851 Park Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Lincoln Street Deck

820 Washington Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Vista Center

1301 Assembly Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Senate Street Garage

1068 Pickens Street

Columbia, SC 29201

SP+ Parking Garage

1100 Richland Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Washington Plaza

1100 Washington Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Republic Parking

1232 Washington Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Check-In and March Site

SC for Ed states the group will be meeting at 9:00am at the SC Department of Education at 1429 Senate Street, Columbia SC 29201. Organizers say to look for balloons to find QR codes and scan to “check-in.” QR codes will also be at the state house. Sheets will keep track of how many people are in attendance. The march to the State House will begin at the Department of Education.

MOBILITY: If you are unable to march for any reason, you are asked to report directly to the front of the State House (Gervais Street side).

What to Bring/Wear

-RED Shirt and Shorts


-Hat/Personal Fans

-Rally Signs (no dowel rods)

-Bottles of Water


-Lawn Chair (optional)

If You Need Help

On Wednesday, SC for Ed will have several tents set up at the South Carolina State House. If you need any medical attention, please look for the tent labeled “MEDICAL.” There will be a nurse on hand who will be supplied with first aid materials. If you have questions or need information, there will be a tent labeled “INFORMATION.” SC for Ed representatives will be in white shirts with “STAFF” on the back.

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