Jackie Johnson

Maude Callen | SC Hall of Fame

By Jackie Johnson

Maude CallenThis episode is about Maude Callen (1898 -- 1990), a Nurse-Midwife, who singlehandedly brought health care to rural Pineville, S.C. and the surrounding area of Berkeley County in the early 1920s, continuing to the 1970s. The episode will tell how she delivered some 800 babies, and trained some 400 women as midwives in depressing, treacherous conditions. Many share their memories of Maude Callen and the invaluable medical service she provided as nurse and doctor to thousands in this low income area of South Carolina for generations. This episode takes a tour of Maude Callen's life. It tells...

Mary McLeod Bethune | SC Hall of Fame

By Jackie Johnson

Mary McLeod BethuneIf there were a Mount Rushmore for African-Americans, Mary McLeod Bethune would definitely be on there. She is hailed as one of the most influential African-American educators and Civil Rights figures, during the first half of the 20th century. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born on July 10th, 1875, on a cotton farm in Mayesville, South Carolina, the 15th out of 17 Children born to Samuel and Patsy McIntosh McLeod, former slaves. Deeply religious and achieving academically…young Mary knew that there was something powerful about education that she wanted to master. Mary studied at the Scotia...

Septima Clark | SC Hall of Fame

By Jackie Johnson

Septima Clark 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 the Movement”. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1898, Septima’s life was greatly influenced by “reconstruction”. Charleston was strictly segregated and divided by class. Hungry to learn, Septima Clark learned to read and write, from an elderly woman who taught Black girls. Later, she went to Avery High School, a school founded by Blacks, by missionaries from Massachusetts. Financially strapped, unable...

Aerial Fitness

By Jackie Johnson

Tamela HastieDid you ever think you could do your daily workout, while being suspended in the air? Tamela Hastie is a fitness instructor who coaches South Carolinians in an activity that has taken the Palmetto State by storm…Aerial Fitness. Hastie has perfected the three-dimensional movement, conditioning, joint rotation and mobility that's involved with doing aerial fitness. This whole-body approach offers both physical and mental health benefits. Several of Hastie's students share their experiences. Watch the full episode: Health and Wellness in the New Year

The Possibilities Institute, A Look at Having it All

By Jackie Johnson

Tameika DevineColumbia City Council Woman and Mayor Pro Tempore, Tameika Isaac-Devine, is a woman on a mission. This busy attorney is a wife and mom who wants to show others how to “Have It All.” She’s doing it with a program that emphasizes work-life integration, called “The Possibilities Institute.” Tameika Isaac Devine has written two books, “Think Like a CEO, Act Like a Mom,” and “Born Into Heaven: Lessons in Love, Faith and Reclaiming your Joy in the Midst of a Storm." Her daughter Jade’s book, is entitled “The Dolls come to Life.” Visit the website online at http://www.ThePossibilitiesInstitute.com .

Island Paradise in South Carolina

By Jackie Johnson

Jamaican foodHow would you like to experience the Island of Jamaica without ever leaving the Palmetto State? Well, there’s a chef in Columbia, who is teaching people all about Jamaica through food…and South Carolinians love it!

Technology at Allen University

By Jackie Johnson

computerPalmetto Scene visits Allen University, a historic black university in Columbia, where students are excited about using their knowledge to secure high- paying, interesting jobs in the 21st-century workplace. This story is part of the Tell Them We Are Rising #HBCURising campaign, supported by the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen public media initiative.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson

By Jackie Johnson

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Living under Jim Crow segregation laws, Jackson was taught to go to the back of the bus and use separate water fountains, practices he says he accepted until the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. He attended the racially segregated Sterling High School in Greenville, where he was elected student class president, finished tenth in his class, and earned letters in baseball, football and basketball. Graduating from high school in 1959, he rejected a contract from a minor league professional baseball team so that he could attend the...

Matthew Perry Jr | SC Hall of Fame

By Jackie Johnson

Matthew Perry JrMatthew J. Perry, was Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1921. Perry, who excelled academically, attended local segregated schools and started college, at historically black South Carolina State College, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, studying business. He served during World War II in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. He finished college after the war, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State College in 1948. When finishing his undergraduate degree after WWII, Perry concluded that he needed to learn and practice law, due to "a growing awareness of...

VOICES FROM VIETNAM: Reflecting at the Wall

By Jackie Johnson

Soldiers in VietnamThe voices we hear are those who were sent to Vietnam to fight in a war far from home. Some volunteered, some volunteered because they knew their draft was inevitable and wanted some control over where they would go, and some were drafted against their will. Their young lives were changed dramatically by the experience of suddenly finding themselves in a war zone with a ruthless enemy trying to kill them in a new form of guerrilla war. They were also armed and expected to kill the enemy, even though they had been told that killing another human being was wrong; a moral injury as one veteran...

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