The State has written a great piece about the increased integration of South Carolina's once-exclusive clubs.
The story itself is spurred on by the 20th anniversary of The Capital City Club that was formed in response to the capital city's exclusivism.
The State reports:
In the tense climate of the 1980s, the Summit Club, then the city’s premier business club, broke its color barrier.
In 1987, it recruited three black members. The club had been open for 13 years, and its founders included the publisher and an owner of the capital city’s two newspapers.
Critics called the Summit’s effort tokenism.
It's a worthy read if for not other reason than its few, but shocking, examples of exclusion in South Carolina through the 80s that garnered national attention, here's one:
IBM’s senior executive in South Carolina, Chuck Savage, disclosed that Spring Valley Country Club would not admit him, an African-American, as a member.
Go on and read it.