Rep. James Clyburn donates congressional papers to USC

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn introduced President Barack Obama in March during his town hall event at Benedict College in Columbia. (Aiken Standard file photo)

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s top Democrat — Rep. James Clyburn — is sending his congressional papers to the University of South Carolina as the cornerstone of a new center for the study of civil rights.

Clyburn says he hopes the new center will help students protesting on campuses today hear about the courage of the average men and women - both black and white -- who struggled over the years for civil liberties.

Clyburn makes the announcement Monday morning in Columbia.

The 75-year-old says many stories of his state’s turbulent civil rights struggle have yet to be told.

Clyburn was elected to Congress in 1992, South Carolina’s first black representative since Reconstruction.

USC Prof. Bobby Donaldson heads the group setting up the center. He says research and educational programs for students of all ages are its goals.