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
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.
The Origins of Black History Month (Video Clip)
Dr. Mojibola Solaja - community member
Dr. Moji Solaja, a Board Certified Pediatrician since 1996, is the head of Milestones Pediatrics, a medical practice for children and adolescents in Richland Two...and since 2005 has been an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. With compassion and extensive knowledge, Dr. Solaja provides medical care to countless numbers of Richland Two students with the goal of maintaining open communication and embracing changes as an opportunity to improve growth. For dedicated medical care to our Richland Two community, we honor Dr. Moji Solaja.
Dr. Gerald Wilson - community member
Dr. Gerald Wilson, the parent of three Richland Two graduates, is a retired general and peripheral vascular surgeon with Midlands Surgical Associates, P.A. He was awarded the 2017 South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Physician of the Year Award and he is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award. Dr. Wilson has been instrumental in bringing awareness to diabetes prevention in South Carolina through his work as chair of the Diabetes Advisory Council and numerous other organizations. He has also been a champion for minority and women’s health issues. For his commitment to better health for all residents, we recognize Dr. Gerald Wilson.
Anna Love Boyd - honorary community member
Nurse, community organizer, community champion, a woman who understood the importance of education, are all ways to describe Anna Love Boyd. With her leadership, the Anna Boyd School (formerly known as Zion Canaan School) opened in the State Park community of Richland County in 1917, as one of the first primary schools for black children. Affectionately known as “Mother Boyd,” she paid the first $5.00 for the purchase of the school property and worked throughout her lifetime to support education of children in the community. Today, the Anna Boyd School houses the Richland Two Charter High School and continues to stand as a monument to her work. Because of her humility, foresightedness, dedication and leadership, we recognize and honor the memory of Anna Love Boyd.