In the 1980’s the Capital City Club was established as a private dining club that could afford all professionals in the city a place to do business in a social environment. Prior to the club’s opening, the only other clubs in Columbia did not offer membership to women, African Americans, or people of the Jewish faith.

In the club’s 28-year history, it has grown to be one of the most popular clubs in the Capital city and one of the most diverse private business clubs in the nation. Luther Batiste is the Chairman Emeritus of the Capital City Club and a Member of the club’s Board of Governors & Executive Committee.

For our first look at Black History in South Carolina beyond the month of February, we met with Mr. Batiste to learn more about the club’s rich history and its ongoing role in today’s business climate.

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Beyond February Description: Beyond February is a captivating video series that goes beyond the confines of Black History Month, delving deep into the lesser-known stories of black history in the Midlands and throughout South Carolina. Join us on an enlightening journey as we shine a spotlight on the remarkable individuals, significant locations, and pivotal events that have shaped and empowered African-American communities in this region and beyond. In this thought-provoking series, we uncover hidden narratives that have had a profound impact on the Midlands, shedding light on the untold stories that deserve recognition and celebration. From unsung heroes to transformative landmarks, each episode of Beyond February uncovers the rich tapestry of black history in South Carolina, revealing the resilience, creativity, and strength of the African-American community.

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Share your stories with us. Are you aware of a hidden gem of African-American history in the Midlands or anywhere across South Carolina? We believe that every untold story deserves to be shared and celebrated on Beyond February. If you have knowledge of a little-known piece of African-American history that you believe would make a compelling episode for Beyond February, we invite you to take part in our mission. Share your insights with us by sending an email to info@theminorityeye.com or leaving a detailed message at 803-619-3752.

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