HBCU Alumni

Mary McLeod Bethune | SC Hall of Fame

February 20, 2020 - Posted in Digital by Jackie Johnson
Mary McLeod Bethune

If 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...

Septima Clark | SC Hall of Fame

February 13, 2020 - Posted in Digital 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...

Ernest Finney | SC Hall of Fame

December 4, 2017 - Posted in Digital by Betsy Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

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 infant. He was reared by his father, Dr. Ernest Finney, Sr., an educator...

The Reverend Jesse Jackson

October 26, 2017 - Posted in Digital by Jackie Johnson
Jesse Jackson

Jesse 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...

Matthew Perry Jr | SC Hall of Fame

October 26, 2017 - Posted in Digital by Jackie Johnson
Matthew Perry Jr

Matthew 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...

Marian Wright Edelman | SC Hall of Fame

February 9, 2017 - Posted in Digital by Jackie Johnson
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, is founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), considered by many, the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. Born in Bennettsville, SC, in 1939, Marian is a graduate of Historically Black Spelman College, located in...