Black History Month

Featured Stories

Gullah Bible | Palmetto Scene

South Carolina has a rich Gullah culture in the state’s Lowcountry. Many of the Gullah people adopted Christianity, but the laws, for hundreds of years, prohibited them from learning to read. It was a...

From The Sky | Gullah

When you look at the scenery of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, it’s hard not to admire its beauty and wildlife. Also native to this region, is one of South Carolina's most unique group of people... the...
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Carolina Stories: Black History

We curated some of the Carolina Stories that feature African Americans who made an impact on the palmetto state and beyond. Carolina Stories are documentaries that highlight the rich cultural and...
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Black History resources

Refresh your resources and lesson plans for Black History Month with our KnowItAll series and collections on African American History, Noted African Americans, and the South Carolina African American...

South Carolina Hall of Fame

Septima Clark | SC Hall of Fame

Septima Poinsette Clark was known as the “Queen Mother” or “Grandmother” of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr., commonly referred to Ms. Clark, as “The Mother of...

David Drake aka “Dave the Potter” | SC Hall of Fame

David Drake was an enslaved African American in Edgefield, South Carolina during the first three quarters of the nineteenth century. He’s known today for the magnificent quality of the pots he made...

Ronald Erwin McNair | SC Hall of Fame

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded...

Ernest Finney | SC Hall of Fame

Ernest A. Finney, Jr. (1931-2017) was South Carolina’s first appointed African-American Supreme Court Justice, since Reconstruction. Born 1931 in Smithfield, Virginia, his mother died when he was an...

SC African American History Calendar

Karen Alexander-Banks and Sergio Hudson

SC African American History Calendar January Honorees: Karen Alexander-Banks and Sergio Hudson

Karen Alexander-Banks left an eleven-year corporate position with Xerox Corporation to pursue her passion for educating and utilizing the arts. Before working for Xerox, she spent six years as a first...
SC African American History Calendar: December Honoree, Dorris Wright

SC African American History Calendar: December Honoree, Dorris Wright

Dorris “Dee Dee” Wright was born in Greenville, S.C. At only fifteen, she joined the Civil Rights Movement, serving as president of the Youth Council of the NAACP Greenville Branch and secretary of...
SC African American History Calendar: November Honoree, A.J. Whittenberg

SC African American History Calendar: November Honoree, A.J. Whittenberg

Abraham Jonah Whittenberg was born in 1918, one of fourteen children in Fork Shoals, S.C. At sixteen he moved to Simpsonville to attend St. Alban’s Training School, graduating in 1931. In 1941...
SC African American History Calendar: October Honoree - Nathaniel Spells, Sr.

SC African American History Calendar: October Honoree - Nathaniel Spells, Sr.

Nathaniel Spells, Sr. was born in Bowman, S.C. in 1950, but his family relocated to Columbia, S.C. when he was still a child. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from the School of...