Celebrating African American History in South Carolina

Celebrating African American History in South Carolina…

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Our state is home to numerous legendary individuals; those who transformed generations, with their knowledge, their courage, their voice, and their hands. We proudly honor them and we are very thankful for their contributions.

Famous African American South Carolina Natives

James Brown, Ronald McNair, Etta Jones, Eartha Kitt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Joe Frazier, Jesse Jackson, & Dizzy Gillespie

From the coastal region to the upstate, African American’s have enriched our states history!

American South Carolina NativesAfrican American South Carolina Natives

Marian Wright Edelman, Chris Rock, Althea Gibson, Darrius Rucker, Juanita Willmon Goggins, Chubby Checker, Shirley Tyus, Larry Doby, & Viola Davis

Legendary South Carolinians: (Listed in no particular order):

Ronald McNair(physicist-NASA Astronaut) -Lake City, SC
Eartha Kitt(singer/actress) from North, SC
James Brown(Singer, The Godfather of Soul”) from Barnwell, SC Joe Frazier(“Smokin ‘ Joe- prize fighter )from Beaufort, SC Jesse Jackson(Civil Rights Activist)from Greenville, SC
Chubby Checker(singer/musician)- Spring Gully, SC
Charlayne Hunter-Gault(Journalist)-Due West, SC
Mary McLeod Bethune(educator and civil rights activist)-Mayesville, SC
Major Charles Bolden, Jr.(astronaut)-Columbia, SC
Althea Gibson (tennis and golfer – 1st African American athlete to cross the color line internationally in tennis)-Silver, SC(Clarendon County)
Kimberly Clarice Aiken(Miss America, actress)- Columbia, SC
Dizzy Gillespie(jazz trumpeter/musician) – Cheraw, SC
Etta Jones(singer)-Aiken, SC
Nina Mae McKinney(actress) – Lancaster, SC
William “Refrigerator”Perry(Football player-DL-Clemson, Chicago Bears-Super Bowl XX)-Aiken, SC
Eugene Robinson (Journalist – 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner)-Orangeburg, SC
Juanita Willmon – Goggins( first African-American woman elected to the state’s general assembly) from Pendleton, SC
Shirley Tyus(first African American female pilot to fly for United Airlines) – Spartanburg, SC
Harold Stevens(Supreme Court Justice) – Johns Island, SC
Art Shell(NFL Coach) – Charleston, SC
Chris Rock(comedian/actor)-Andrews, SC
Kelly Miller(mathematician) Winnsboro, SC
Viola Davis(actress)-St. Matthews, SC
Kevin Garnett(NBA)-Greenville, SC
Septima Poinsette Clark (American educator and civil rights activist)- Charleston, SC
Marian Wright Edelman(Civil Rights Activist)- Bennettsville, SC
Tim Scott(Senator)- North Charleston, SC
Chadwick Boseman(actor)-Anderson, SC

While my list is not complete, these are just a few famous African Americans from South Carolina. You can look up the complete list below.

Looking for events in South Carolina to celebrate African American History?  Please see this link: http://www.thestate.com/2015/01/31/3960264_black-history-month-events.html?rh=1

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About Karen @The Mommy Times

Mom of 2 boys in South Carolina, autism advocate and product review blogger. I love to share about events for families in the Carolinas and special needs programs.

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