Black History Month
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion presents "Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future" to Celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month (Harvard.edu, 2018).
Carter G. Woodson
Each year we will highlight individuals from the Richland Two community with unique and significant contributions to Black history and culture. Individuals will be recognized in the areas of art, education, engineering, music, health, science, technology, and the military. "Often when we think of historical figures who have shaped our history and culture we think of global or national leaders. We are excited to recognize people from our own Richland Two community who have made significant contributions to black history and culture. We want all of our Richland Two partners (our students, parents, staff and community members) to know about the good work done by our own community members and we especially hope that our students will see something of themselves in the people recognized to reaffirm that they too have what it takes to be premier," Dr. Helen Nelson Grant, Chief Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Officer.
The Origins of Black History Month (Video Clip)
Black History Month Calendar
Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future
Richland School District Two's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion celebrates Black History Month! Our theme "Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future" will highlight 7 individuals from the Richland Two community with unique and significant contributions to Black history and culture. The selected nominees will be highlighted on social media and the district's website from the categories below.
February 5-11: Art and Music
February 12-18: Education
February 19-29: Public Service (Government, Faith-Based, and Military), Health, Science, Technology, and Engineering
Black History Month Reception and Program
The reception and program will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020; 6 pm, at the R2i2 Conference Center. Our program will feature students, local exhibitors, and performers. Please join us as we celebrate our Honorees and all who have made significant contributions to Black culture.
Click here to RSVP.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Helen Grant at 803-738-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5-11: Art and Music
Ms. Chantal Maurice
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Chantal Maurice as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. A graduate of Richland Northeast High School, Ms. Maurice is a filmmaker and actress. She has over 15 television shows to her credit including Queen Sugar, Blue Bloods, Quantico and The Blacklist. With two short films to her credit, Ms. Maurice’s first film, Edge of Harmony, was accepted into 8 film festivals and won Best Musical Drama at the 2018 Cutting Room International Short Film Festival in New York City. Her second short film, Loreen’s Gotta Boogie, won Best Actress in a Short Film at the 2019 Newark international’s Film Festival and Audience Choice Award at the 2019 International Black Film Festival in Nashville. This year, Ms. Maurice will be seen in the new STARZ series PValley; a Netflix series, Teenage Bounty Hunters, that stars Kadeem Hardison; and in a new dramatic series from Paramount, Paradise Lost.
Mr. John W. Jones, graduate
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Mr. John W. Jones as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. Mr. Jones is a 1968 graduate of Bethel Hanberry High School. He is recognized for his work as a freelance artist and illustrator; lecturer and legacy preservationist whose clients have included Time-Life Books, IBM, Westinghouse, NASA, and the U. S. Postal Service. He is the author and illustrator of the book and traveling exhibition, Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, Images of Slavery in Confederate and Southern State Currency. He has also painted a series on the Buffalo Soldiers, the 54th Massachusetts regiment and African Americans in the military and he is working on a project that focuses on the everyday lives of the Gullah people in modern day America.
February 12-18: Education
Ms. Linda Goodwin, employee
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Linda Goodwin as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. Ms. Linda Goodwin is the Administrative Assistant to the Teaching and Learning Office for Richland District Two. She is the perfect example of leading from where you are. She supports not only the administrators in her office but also her fellow staff members and ultimately the students of the district. She is a constant positive force in the lives of those around her and even though her children have graduated from Richland Two schools she still finds the time to support students’ athletic pursuits. She has served as a support person to three Chiefs of Instruction and to a Curriculum Coordinator. She demonstrates her value of learning and professionalism by active membership in the local, state and national Association of Educational Office Professionals. Each day is important and each person is important in her eyes. Her faithful and loyal service with love is a tremendous contribution to premier culture in our school district.
Ms. Kathy Carroll, employee
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Kathy Carroll as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. Throughout Ms. Carroll’s career as a high school teacher and school librarian/media specialist, she has continually strived for excellence and encouraged those around her to do the same. Ms. Carroll earned two Master's degrees, National Board Teacher Certification and she has traveled to Japan and South Africa and she uses the skills she learned to enhance the learning experience of her students by advocating for literacy and culturally relevant teaching of children of color and other disenfranchised groups. Ms. Carroll will begin her tenure as the President of the American Association of School Librarians (an organization that focuses on transforming teaching and learning) this year and she will be serving as the first African American to hold that position.
February 19-29: Public Service (Government, Faith-Based, and Military)
Mr. Sam P. Johnson, graduate
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Mr. Sam P. Johnson as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. A Richland District Two graduate, Mr. Sam Johnson is a Governmental Affairs Advisor for Nexsen Pruett law firm and a Project Specialist for NP Strategies. He represents clients before governmental agencies and in matters stemming from government action. He has developed a reputation for his skill in crisis management and navigating political issues on both sides of the aisle. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, he helped lead the office of the Mayor of the City of Columbia under Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin. Mr. Johnson was actively involved in leading most of the Mayor’s visible and notable projects, including the Bull Street redevelopment project, a revitalization effort in one of Columbia’s most anticipated emerging neighborhoods, and the Famously Hot New Year Celebration, South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve party that regularly draws tens of thousands of partygoers to Columbia’s Main Street.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions including Columbia Business Monthly, Best & Brightest - 35 & Under in 2018 and he was listed in the South Carolina Black Pages Top 40 Under 40 in 2014.
Pastor Simeon Moultrie
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Pastor Simeon Moultrie as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. Pastor Sim, as he is affectionately known, started his journey as a youth pastor. His messages were those of conviction and current issues that young people face in their teenage and young adult lives. Being called to pastor 8 years ago, he and his wife Nikki founded The Brook, a church that began in Columbia Mall. Though the idea was unheard of, Pastor Sim took Columbia by storm winning souls of all ages in the Columbia area. He stands firmly on the belief that this generation needs relevancy and restoration.
Now located off of Parklane Road in Columbia, The Brook has over 3,000 members. Each year, Pastor Sim encourages members to have a heart of service, especially in the community. The church has sponsored Back to School Bashes where attendees receive school supplies and free tennis shoes! Through the Outreach Ministry, volunteers have fed the homeless, served as table talkers at Richland Two Schools, and also provided financial literacy classes. To get his message beyond the walls of the building, Pastor Sim streams 2 of his 3 Sunday services on social media and extended his 4th service to the Richland Two District Auditorium when there were no seats available on Sunday mornings. It is also common to see Pastor Sim as a guest speaker in many Richland Two schools empowering and encouraging students.
Health, Science, Technology, and Engineering
Warren Wise, employee
Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Mr.Warren Wise as one of our 2020 Black History Month Honorees. Mr. Wise is a 6th grade science teacher at Kelly Mill Middle School where he introduces students to robotics, CivilAir Patrol, computer coding and health careers. In addition to having a significant impact on his own students, Mr. Wise has shared his knowledge and experience of teaching throughout the state at various conferences including the South Carolina 2 Science Conference and the Equity in Education conference.
Mr. Wise believes in inspiring all students through inquiry of science and engineering while working with colleagues to integrate STEAMM throughout the Kelly Mill curriculum. A collaborator and lifelong educator, Mr. Wise was recognized in April 2019 as the South Carolina STEM educator of the year.
Art and Music
Pastor Travis Greene
Education, Public Service (Government, Faith-Based & Military)
Dr. Gloria Boutte
Dr. Sandra Hamlin
*Annie E. Hanberry
Dr. Shawn Suber
Brigadier General Milford Beagle, Jr.
The Honorable Judge Deandrea G. Benjamin
The Honorable Calvin "Chip" Jackson
Pastor Chris Leevy Johnson
Health/Science, Technology & Engineering
Brenda C. Murphy
Art and Music
Mr. Charles Cherry, employee
Ms. Roni Henderson, employee
Ms. Tracy Oliver, graduate
Education and Military
Dr. Cheryl Caution-Parker, community member
Dr. Baron R. Davis, employee
Chaplain Col. Clarke McGriff, community member
Mr. Greg Scott, employee
Mr. Preston Thorne, community member
Dr. Hilton Maria Shaw Gilbert - employee
Evangelina Hemphill - community member
Anthony Lawrence - community member
Health and Science
*Anna Love Boyd - honorary community member
Dr. Mojibola Solaja - community member
Dr. Gerald Wilson - community member