Several South Carolina leaders and initiatives will be recognized this year by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) in its annual “Preserving Our Places in History: Lest We Forget” award program on April 9, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. SCAAHC is pleased to announce State Senator Mia McLeod as the keynote speaker and Christal Brown and the Gullah Geechee Choir as performers. The Master of Ceremony will be local comedian Akintunde.

The awards program honors exemplary achievements or advocacy for African American heritage research, identification, promotion, and preservation that has made a notable, successful, and lasting contribution to the preservation of African American history and culture in South Carolina.

Due to the health pandemic, the 2020 awards program was not held. This year SCAAHC will virtually honor the 2020 and 2021 award recipients. Honorees include:

• Leon Love Lifetime Achievement Award - Bishop Fred C. James Dr. Lonnie Randolph

• Herbert A. DeCosta Trailblazer Award - Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr. Elder Darrell Jackson, Sr.

• Justice Award - Isaac Wright, Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson

• Legislator of the Year Award - Senator John W. Matthews

• Group / Organization Award - South Carolina Humanities

• Project Award - The “Call My Name” project at Clemson University

• Individual Award - Nadine Anderson

• SCAAHC Commissioner of the Year - Dawn Dawson-House

The virtual awards program is free and open to the public. For more information, call or call (803) 238-4749.

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