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Black History Month

During the month of February, we will highlight individuals from the Richland Two community.


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
The Origins of Black History Month (Video Clip)

This 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.

Dr. Hilton Maria Shaw Gilbert - employee
Classically trained in ballet, Dr. Hilton Gilbert turned her attention to the education of students and has made a career of helping students see their own potential in the arts and in science and technology.  In addition to her duties as a Richland Two employee, Dr. Gilbert established the Imani Ballet Dancers at Bethel Hanberry Elementary School and the Art, Book, Multicultural, Science, Ballet and Drama clubs at Killian Elementary School.  A public school counselor for 31 years, Dr. Gilbert developed the GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) and JETS (Junior Engineering and Technology Squad) to engage students in engineering projects that are designed to help them learn how to make a difference in the world through science and technology.  For going above and beyond to inspire future STEM leaders, we recognize Dr. Hilton Gilbert.

Anthony Lawrence - community member
Mr. Anthony Lawrence has practiced architecture for over 21 years for local, state, national and international projects.  He is the Executive Vice President for Brownstone, a construction management, architecture and engineering firm in Columbia, SC.  He freely shares his time and talent with the students of Richland Two and the Richland Two community through mentoring, coaching, sharing his profession in classrooms, holding an office in the PSTO organization, reading to students, and chaperoning field studies. For understanding that there is no substitute for spending time with students as a way to help them see their own futures, we recognize Mr. Anthony Lawrence.

Evangelina Hemphill - community member
In October 2015, Ms. Evangelina Hemphill took a leap of faith and opened her own engineering firm. Hemphill Engineering Group LLC, is a construction, engineering and inspections firm that specializes in roadway construction management, asphalt inspections and project management.  Ms. Hemphill is a huge advocate of students learning about STEM and STEAM professions and she volunteers her time to introduce Richland Two students to opportunities that they may have in the STEM and STEAM fields.  By valuing the opportunity to serve Richland Two, Ms. Hemphill is a role model for our students and we recognize her for her work.