2007 South Carolina Community Economic Development Awardees Announced

Charleston, SC –The South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc. announced the winners of its “Eagle Award of Excellence in Community Economic Development” during the first North/South Carolinas Conference on Community Economic Development (CED) September 25 – 27, 2007. The winners were three community development corporations (CDCs) that have excelled in advancing economic development in some of the state’s most distressed communities. The three winners were: • Allendale County Alive – A rural CDC based in Allendale County who, among other efforts, developed a commercial space to attract a Sav-a-Lot grocery store site as part of a local neighborhood revitalization project,   Community Assistance Provider – A multi-county CDC has plans to develop and rehabilitated over 100 unites of affordable housing in 5 counties in South Carolina, and • Midlands CDC – A  rural CDC based in Richland County who is a partner in a multi-use development in lower  Richland County. Midlands CDC is currently developing the job/career development center that will focus on careers in the healthcare field.

All three of the winners are also grantees under the South Carolina Community economic Development Fund, managed jointly by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and  the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. Awards were made to nine grantees receiving $770,500 in state funds provided through the South Carolina Legislature’s initial appropriation in 2006 of $1 million in funds pursuant to the South Carolina Community  economic Development Act of 2000.

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The African-American Voice Exhibit to commence Oct. 25 in Hilton Head

With works by African-American artists who are among the states best-known and widely celebrated practitioners, The African-American Voice traveling exhibition will commence Oct. 25 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head.

Coordinated by Harriett Green, visual arts director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the exhibition includes 37 pieces of artwork in all media from the State Art Collection.  The pieces are by 24 African-  American artists who range from self-taught, outsider artists like Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall and Dan Robert Miller, to academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose and Tarleton Blackwell.

A number of these artists are legendary as arts educators as well as artists. Their influences and contributions extend beyond image and object making, said Green, who sees the show as an opportunity to showcase the State Art Collection to residents in the Lowcountry, where it has not been exhibited since the early 1990s.  It is not often that we have an opportunity to present exhibitions in this part of the state, said Green. Area residents and others will have an opportunity to learn more about the contribution of African-American artists in South Carolina. Read more

AT&T spotlights Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. in its S.C. African American History Calendar

Nathaniel Abraham, Sr. has devoted his life to making a positive impact on the Black community.

His message has been clean and consistent: “The minority community needs a voice – A strong and resonant voice that’s not afraid to right that which is wrong, fight injustices and champion the causes of the underprivileged. Remember, if we are afraid to tell the truth, we don’t even deserve freedom.” He has used the voice of the print media to promote the Black community politically, educationally and economically.  The fifth of eleven children born in Holly Hill to Edward and Mary Abraham, he moved to Orangeburg as a young child. He graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1952, and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Abraham served in the Korean War as a paratrooper.
He received an honorable discharge in 1959, and enrolled in South Carolina State College to pursue a degree in Business and Accounting. He transferred to Benedict College in 1964 to continue his education and work with the Palmetto Times. Read more