BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Cecil Williams

Chairman

Photographer, publisher, author and inventor, best known for his photography documenting the civil rights movement in South Carolina beginning in the 1950s. For over 20 years, he served as a stringer correspondent for JET Magazine. Cecil is a child of segregation, having attended segregated educational institutions in South Carolina.  His work has been published in hundreds of books, newspapers and television documentaries and has been has been exhibited in galleries in the Southeast. He recently opened the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in his hometown of Orangeburg, featuring hundreds of his civil rights photography for national publications. His honors and awards include Outstanding Young Men of America; Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities; 1994 Freedom Fighter Award from the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP;  commendation by S.C. House of Representatives, introduced by Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter; the Presidential Citation in 1995 from Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University; In 2006, Claflin University's highest Award, the Bythewood Award;  South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission  2006 "Preserving Our Place in History" Award and in 2016, the DeCosta Jr. Trailblazer Award.  He received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award to a civilian presented by the Governor; and in 2018, he received the Verner Award for the Arts, the highest honor the state gives in the arts. (B.A. Claflin University)

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

Peter Chapman

Vice-Chairman

As CEO of Urban Policy Innovations LLC, Peter advises economic development organizations, private institutions and government agencies on strategies and programs designed to strengthen and diversify regional economies and promote the revitalization of under-invested communities. An accomplished economic and community (re)development strategist and practitioner with over twenty years of executive leadership experience in several markets, he is presently leading engagements on behalf of clients in the Midwest and the Eastern Caribbean. Peter was previously the founder and Executive Director of a U.S. Treasury Department-certified Community Development Financial Institution, and a senior member of the housing and community revitalization practice group at global consulting firm Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA, where he was the lead researcher and author of a national case study exploring the economic impact of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOPE VI and Mixed Finance Programs. Peter also previously led the portfolio of economic and community development agencies for the City of Denver, Colorado, under then-Mayor John Hickenlooper, and served as Executive Vice President for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, where he facilitated 4,600 new jobs through the recruitment and expansion of major domestic and foreign companies, thereby contributing to the renaissance of Detroit's central business district. (BA in English, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Masters of Public Policy with concentration in macroeconomics and urban planning, Tufts University; Graduate Studies in real estate finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)  
 

Davion Petty

Treasurer

Marketing & Public Programs Manager at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium, South Carolina State University. He has been leading the communications, branding, social media, public/community relations and audience engagement initiatives at the museum. Davion promotes the museum as a catalyst to connect youth, educators, and the public to historical, cultural and intellectual contributions of those who are African and African Descent, landing him the opportunity to work with leaders in corporate, media, entertainment, legislative and nonprofit sectors.Davion is the recipient of the National Association of African American Museums Margaret Burroughs Fellowship. His current research includes Developing Business Strategies for Social Impact.

(M.B.A. and B.S. in Accounting from South Carolina State University)

Kenneth McClary    Secretary

 

Born in the Bronx, NYC,  Kenneth was adopted and raised in South Carolina by his grandmother.  He worked briefly for Obama for America in New Hampshire, but resigned to take an assistant clerk position working with Connecticut Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. Amongst other political activities, Kenneth led/worked and or assisted many Democratic Candidates across the State of Connecticut, including Mayor of Norwalk, Harry Rilling;  State Senator Eric D. Coleman; Mayor of Hartford, Luke Bronin; Windsor Councilwomen Jill Jenkins; State Rep. Brandon McGee. Kenneth was  the youngest member elected to  the Bloomfield Town Council, where he Chairs the Public Safety Committee. He is  also a member of  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Prince Hall Mason (Excelsior Lodge No. 3), Greater Hartford Chapter of NAACP, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation Board, Connecticut Commission of Equity and Opportunity and Connecticut Young Democrat Vice President of Policy Affairs. (B.A. South Carolina State University - Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraterity, President of Political Science Association; Master of Arts in Public Policy, Trinity College)

Millicent Brown

Historian, retired Professor, Claflin University; Scholarly work focuses on 19th and 20th century American history, with an emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement; Director, Somebody Has to Do It Project, a multi-disciplinary study to identify, locate and acknowledge "First Children" who desegregated, like herself, America's schools. The project seeks to accurately interpret the issues associated with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) Supreme Court decision and Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. Brown is the daughter of former South Carolina NAACP President, J. Arthur Brown. She was one of the first twelve children to desegregate the Charleston County School District. She has always been a Civil Rights activist and was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC). (B.A., History, College of Charleston; M.Ed., The Citadel; Ph.D, History, Florida State University)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

Emory Shaw Campbell

President, Gullah Heritage Consulting Service, Conducting Gullah Heritage Tours

on Hilton Head; Director, Penn Center, Retired, Organized Heritage Days Celebration;

Inaugural Chairman, Federal Gullah Geechie Corridor Heritage Commission;

Appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, a PBS Special: Family Across the Sea and

C-Span's Washington Journal; Awards include: Governor's Award for Historic Preservation,

Carter G. Woodson Award for Civil Rights, Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of 

African American Museums. His essay, A Sense of Self and Place: Unmasking my Gullah

Heritage was published in African American Life in Georgia and the Low Country and he

authored the guidebook - Gullah Cultural Legacies and translated the Bible into Gullah(BS in Biology, Savannah State University; MS in Engineering, Tufts University; Honorary Doctorates-Bank Street College, NYC and University of South Carolina/Beaufort)

David Dennis, Sr.

David Dennis, Sr. 

Director, Southern Initiative Algebra Project; Field Secretary, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Mississippi and Louisiana, supervising Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner when they were murdered in Philadelphia, MS; Co-Director with Bob Moses, Council of Federated Organizations (COFA); in 1961, working closely with Moses and Medgar Evers, he organized Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, prohibiting discrimination in voting. In 1972, he was an organizer of a successful challenge to the Louisiana Democratic Party structure that resulted in an African American Chairman and a majority African American delegation being sent to the national convention, the first time since Reconstruction. In 1991, he joined with Bob Moses in The Algebra Project and works toward "quality education as a constitutional right." He continues his civil rights leadership through Dave Dennis Connections. (B.A., Dillard University; J.D., University of Michigan)

James (Jim) Evans

Minister, activist, legislator and NFL athlete, former President of the Jackson, Mississippi Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, President of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. Jim is proactively involved with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) as the National Community Engagement Coordinator. He was a Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives for 24 years where he was a member of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, and was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Jackson Advocate Newspaper. While an athlete at South Carolina State University, he earned All-SEAC first team honors and All MEAC first team honors and was named a Kodak College Division All American. He was drafted by the New York Giants into the National Football League and inducted into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a certified Contract Negotiator, NFL, and a Sports and Entertainment Agent. For 28 years, Jim was a radio talk co-host for Straight Talk. (B.A., South Carolina State University; Doctor of Theology, Clay Theological Seminary)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

William C. Hine

Now retired, William Hine taught history for over 40 years at South Carolina State University.   He has published essays in Phylon, the Journal of Southern History, Labor History, and Agricultural History.  With Darlene Clark Hine and Stanley Harrold, he is the co-author of the widely adopted college textbook, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY, now in its seventh edition.  He is also the author of SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY: A BLACK LAND-GRANT COLLEGE IN JIM CROW AMERICA (University of South Carolina Press, 2018)." (B.A. Bowling Green State University;

M.A. University of Wyoming; Ph.D. in U.S. History, Kent State University)

Kenneth Folden Hodges

Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Beaufort, South Carolina; Owner, Lybensons Gallery and Studio that specializes in Sea Island Gullah Geechee History and Art, and authentic African and African American Art; Former member of South Carolina House of Representative; Introduced legislation to name bridge over the Combahee River in Colleton and Beaufort Counties, “The Harriet Tubman Bridge”; Launched and Chair Harriet Tubman Monument Initiative; Established Robert Smalls Burial Site as a part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; Member, ministerial delegation to Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa:

Established Gullah Geechee Visitors Center, LLC; Chaired South Carolina Microenterprise Study Committee; Sponsored legislation that established South Carolina Microenterprise Development Act; Chaired Environmental Affairs II Sub-Committee; Chaired Colleton County Legislative Delegation; Former member of the Bennettsville City Council; Former member of Beaufort County Economic Development Board. (B.A., Clark College; M.Div., Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center)

Craig Morrison

A pioneer in professional historic preservation and restoration, Craig has applied hands-on investigation, study and interpretation with careful restoration to bring new life to historic buildings. Over 21 years of independent practice, he has worked with Second Bank of the United States, the Pennsylvania Capitol, Washington Union Station, Grand Central Terminal, the 1885 Academy of Music in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the Oscar Hammerstein’s Manhattan and Philadelphia Opera Houses, and the 1894 Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Earlier projects included the New York Capitol, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Academy of Music and City Hall in Philadelphia. For the Theatre Museum, New York, Morrison prepared exhibits of theater architecture on Broadway and in Brooklyn and collaborated with Oscar Andrew Hammerstein as co-curator of Direct from Broadway, an exhibition of the history of Broadway theater. His book, Theaters, is the first major pictorial study of America’s theater architecture. He served on the Board of Architectural Review in Alexandria, Virginia, as first Chair of the Historic Designation Advisory Board in Detroit, on the adjunct faculty of Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Eastern Michigan University. He has lectured in numerous venues including Yale University, the Library of Congress, and Oxford Polytechnic, and has published in the fields of architectural and theater history. Craig has chaired AIA Historic Buildings Committees in Philadelphia and New York and has served on the Board of the League of Historic American Theatres, which honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award; founded Theater Heritage, Ltd,, and served as president of the Theatre Historical Society of America. (University of Michigan)
 

Cleveland Sellers

American educator and veteran civil rights activist. During the Civil Rights Movement, Sellers helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was the only person convicted and jailed for events at the Orangeburg Massacre, a 1968 civil rights protest in which three students were killed by state troopers. Sellers' conviction and the acquittal of the other nine defendants was believed to be motivated by racism, and Sellers received a full pardon 25 years after the incident. Sellers is the former Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. He served as president of Voorhees College, a historically black college in South Carolina, from 2008 to 2015.

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