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AT&T South Carolina Unveils 2014 Edition Of The African-American History Calendar

October 29, 2013

25th Anniversary Edition Spotlights Historical Milestones

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* will unveil its 2014 South Carolina African-American History Calendar in a celebration on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Kroger Center for Arts in Columbia at 7:00 pm.

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Originally developed as a resource for teachers to use in integrating African American history in their classroom curriculum, the Calendar has grown to be recognized as an online Hall of Fame, commemorating the lives, leadership and accomplishments of extraordinary South Carolinians. The 2014 edition takes a slightly different path in exploring the state’s African American history, featuring 12 significant events rather than individuals.

“While history is made and shaped by people, it is marked by milestones,” said Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina. “Driven by men and women of courage and conviction, the events highlighted in the Anniversary Edition have helped to lay the foundation for our state today and to challenge us for the future. At AT&T, we are excited to be highlighting these stories from South Carolina’s heritage, while also honoring the men and women of courage and conviction who embraced opportunities to create a better, brighter, more successful future.”

Selected by the faculty of the School for African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, the events featured in the 2014 calendar span more than 150 years. They run the gamut from civil rights marches to landmark court cases, and acts of incredible individual courage. Highlighted in the 2014 Calendar will be:

    --  Rock Hill Nine (Friendship Nine)
    --  Orangeburg Massacre
    --  Charleston Hospital Strike
    --  Establishment of Mitchelville
    --  CSS Planter (Robert Smalls)
    --  Elmore v. Rice
    --  Pearson v. Clarendon County and Briggs v. Elliott
    --  1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars
    --  Desegregation of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina
    --  Festivals
    --  Greenville New Year's Day March
    --  Founding of Randolph Cemetery

The previous 24 editions of the Calendar have honored 297 African Americans with South Carolina roots. They represent a wide array of endeavors, including government and military service, education, performing and fine arts, business, community activism and athletics. They hail from every corner of the state, from rural communities to our largest cities. The stories of how each made a difference for people and for their communities can be found at www.scafricanamericanhistory.com.

AT&T is committed to the advancement of education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects, such as the South Carolina African-American History Calendar, that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs.

To download an electronic copy of the 2014 calendar, or access more information about previous editions of the calendar, including biographies of past honorees and resources for educators, please visit www.scafricanamericanhistory.com.

Media Resources

For images from the 2014 calendar, in high- and low-resolution formats, and the stories of the historical events, please visit www.scafricanamerican.com/media/media2014/.

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