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Celebrating Black History Month: Mike Colter

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Mike Colter celebrating Black History Month

South Carolina’s Mike Colter was born in Columbia, SC on August 26, 1976, and grew up in St. Matthews.  Colter graduated Calhoun County High School, and spent a year at Benedict College before transferring to USC where he received a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1999.  Colter went on to study at Mason Gross School of Arts where he received…

Celebrating Black History Month: Cecil J. Williams

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Cecil J. Williams celebrating Black History Month

Cecil J. Williams was born on Novembr 26, 1937 and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Growing up, he helped his father, Cecil Williams Sr., who worked as a tailor.  According to, he was given a camera at nine years old, and by 15, he was working as a professional freelance photographer. It was during this time, Williams captured significant…

Celebrating Black History Month: Major General Charles Bolden Jr.

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Major General Charles Bolden Jr. celebrating Black History Month

  Born in Columbia, South Carolina on August 19, 1946, Charles Bolden, the man who would become United States Marine Major General Bolden, attended C.A. Johnson graduated in 1964, and attended the United States Naval Academy, earning a BA in electrical science. After graduating, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the USMC, and went to flight school, which he…

Celebrating Black History Month: Drink Small

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Drink Small celebrating Black History Month

  Born on January 28, 1933, Drink Small (Yes, that is his real name), grew up in a sharecropper family in the small rural community of Bishopville, South Carolina. Small came from humble beginnings, educated in a two-room schoolhouse, and in addition to his studies, taught himself how to play the guitar around seven years old. After graduating high school,…

Celebrating Black History Month: Darius Rucker

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Darius Rucker celebrating Black History Month

  Country Music Superstar Darius Rucker was born in Charleston, South Carolina on May 13th 1966.       Rucker first gained fame as founder and lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, a group he formed while attending the University of South Carolina.  Hootie and the Blowfish proved to be a huge success with five studio albums and six top 40 hits…

Celebrating Black History Month: Viola Davis

Tyler Ryan shares details about South Carolina's Viola Davis celebrating Black History Month

Viola Davis is an award winning actress known for her powerful roles in the TV series, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’, the Broadway production of ‘King Hedley II’ and ‘Fences’. Davis was born on August 11, 1965, at her grandparents’ home in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Her father, Dan Davis was a horse trainer and her mother, Mary Alice, a civil…

Commission for Minority Affairs to recognize African Americans in health, wellness

SCCMA plans to celebrate Black History Month by highlighting Blacks contributions to healthcare

Image: SCCMA Columbia, SC (WOLO) — As Black History Month draws near, the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs are set to celebrate the many contributions that African Americans have made in the world of healthcare. This year, SCCMA’s Black History month theme is ‘Black Health and Wellness that will be highlighted throughout the month of February. The agency says…

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