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21st edition of African-American History calendar

COLUMBIA, SC - AT&T South Carolina on Monday announced the unveiling of the 21st annual South Carolina African-American History Calendar. Launched in 1989, the calendar is designed to assist students in learning more about the contributions of distinguished African-Americans who have connections to the state.

"The 2010 African American History Calendar is a testimonial to the strength of character, hard work, determination and integrity of the individuals featured in its pages," said Pamela Lackey, President AT&T South Carolina. "They have played an invaluable role in weaving the fabric that is our state's heritage and that binds us together as South Carolinians. It is a privilege to honor them."

The calendar was originally created to assist the SC Department of Education in meeting statutory requirements for the inclusion of African-American history in the curriculum. It has since emerged as a global resource for recognizing the achievements of African Americans with South Carolina ties.

"It was a great honor to be recognized in the 2001 AT&T South Carolina African-American History calendar along with other distinguished African-American trailblazers and unsung heroes.  I hope my story will encourage and inspire young people on the importance of education„Ÿeducation is the great equalizer and the bridge for a better future", said J. T. McLawhorn, Jr., President/CEO of the Columbia Urban League, Inc.

The 2010 calendar features individuals from the areas of journalism, business, entertainment, broadcasting, sports, public service, and civic and community leadership.

The South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina Educational Television (ETV), The State Newspaper, WIS Television, and the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications are the collaborative partners that continue to contribute to the success of the calendar.

The 2010 AT&T South Carolina African-American Calendar Honorees are:

  • Fannie Phelps Adams
  • Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston
  • Mac Arnold
  • Eugene Robinson
  • John Bluford, III
  • Darius Rucker
  • Warren Bolton
  • O'Neal Smalls
  • Timothy McConnell
  • James Solomon, Jr.
  • William & Michael Dean Perry
  • Darrin Thomas

The calendar is available at www.scafricanamerican.com/media. That web site also includes additional information on past honorees, as well as resources for educators and links to other materials related to South Carolina's African American history.

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