Lawrence J. Toliver, RScP, is what we call an old timer. He was a graduate student at Columbia University in
February, 1968 when H. Rap Brown—a black power advocate—extolled an audience in Butler Library to get motivated to
do something about the Orangeburg Massacre which had occurred a few days earlier at South Carolina State College.
He helped to occupy Hamilton Hall on that campus weeks later as thousands of activist students occupied 4 other
buildings for 4 days to protest the construction of an athletic facility in a public park that served Harlem. When
Lawrence moved to South Carolina in August 1969 to teach at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, he immediately joined
activists throughout that state to create the United Citizens Party as a vehicle for empowerment. He is on the
Board of PCI, Inc.
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