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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
The Origins of Black History Month (Video Clip)

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.
 

Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future

Richland School District Two's Division of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion is celebrating Black History Month 2021! Continuing our theme "Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future" for 2021, throughout the month we will highlight The Black Family.  We will again recognize individuals from the Richland Two community who have demonstrated unique and significant contributions to Black history and culture. The selected nominees will be featured on social media and the district's website from the categories below.

February 1-7: Art and Music
February 8-14: Education
February 15-21: Public Service (Government, Faith-Based, Military and Social Justice)
February 22-28: Health, Science, Technology, and Engineering


Black History Month Virtual Program

The virtual program will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021; 6 pm. Please join us as we celebrate our Honorees and all who have made significant contributions to Black culture. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Helen Grant at 803-738-3327 or hgrant@richland2.org.

2021 Honorees

  

February 1-7: Art and Music

Chakalah Crawford (Art, R2 employee)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Chakalah Crawford as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Art. Ms. Crawford found her passion in the art industry in 2017 and she continues to be a rising star.  A.D.D. Art by Kalah has appeared in many art galleries and exhibitions and her work is available for commission. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about A.D.D. Art and Ms. Chakalah Crawford.

DeMario Priester (Music, R2 graduate)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Mr. DeMario Priester, known as Supah Mario, as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Music. Mr. Priester is a graduate of Richland Northeast High School whose musical production skills are known worldwide and whose work has been listed on the Billboard charts. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about DeMario Priester.

    

February 8-14: Education

Theresa Counts-Davis (R2 employee)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Theresa Counts-Davis as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Education. Ms. Counts-Davis has a heart for children and works daily to advocate for their educational equity and emotional well-being. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Therese Counts-Davis.

Dr. Ronald Rhames (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Dr. Ronald Rhames as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Education. As President of Midlands Technical College, Dr. Rhames works extensively with Richland Two to make next step academic achievements available to students. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Dr. Ronald Rhames.

Roger Wiley (R2 employee)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize  Roger Wiley as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Education. Mr. Wiley is a veteran educator who is currently in his 39th year of servant leadership.  For him, facilitating learning is not just for the school building.  He takes his skills into the community. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Roger Wiley.

 

      


February 15-21: Public Service (Government, Faith-Based, and Military)

The Honorable Gretchen Barron (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize  The Honorable Gretchen Barron as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Public Service. Public service is not new to this newly elected member of Richland County Council.  She takes commitment to the betterment of our community to new heights. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Ms. Barron and her work.

Ija Charles (R2 graduate)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize  Ms. Ija Charles as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Public Service with an emphasis on Social Justice. Ms. Charles is a phenomenal artist who understands how to use her gift to advocate for social justice.  A graduate of Westwood High School, Ms. Charles is making her mark on the world. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Ms. Charles and her work.

Senator Mia McCleod (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize The Honorable Mia McLeod as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Public Service. A fierce advocate for the rights of women, equity in education and the health and safety of citizens, Senator Mia McLeod stands strong for her constituents. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Senator Mia McLeod.

Fred Henley (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Mr. Fred Henley as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Public Service. Mr. Henley is the School Liaison Officer at Ft. Jackson and the primary point of contact for our Richland Two military connected families.  His goal is to provide smooth transitions for students and to support military students’ unique needs. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Mr. Henley and some of the work he is doing for our military connected families.

 
    

 

February 22-28: Health, Science, Technology and Engineering

Dr. Linda Bell (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Dr. Linda Bell as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Health, Science, Technology and Engineering. As South Carolina’s State Epidemiologist, Dr. Bell has been a calm, unequivocal voice of knowledge, care and concern during the COVID pandemic. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Dr. Bell and what inspires her to work for better health for South Carolinians.

Dr. Jamelle Ellis (Community partner)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize  Dr. Jamelle Ellis as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Health, Science, Technology and Engineering. Dr. Ellis is an entrepreneur, engineer, an educator and a person who understands how to motivate students’ interest in the STEM fields. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Dr. Ellis and the work she is doing with students.

Ebony Langhorne (R2 employee)

Richland School District Two is proud to recognize Ms. Ebony Langhorne as one of our 2021 Black History Month Honorees in the field of Health, Science, Technology and Engineering. With grace and determination, Ms. Langhorne provides mental health services to Richland Two students. Her quiet but persistent dedication to improving the lives of students help make her remarkable. Be sure to watch our 2021 Black History Month Honoree Recognition Program on February 22nd to learn more about Ms. Ebony Langhorne.


2019 Honorees


Art and Music
Pastor Travis Greene

Education, Public Service (Government, Faith-Based & Military)
Dr. Gloria Boutte
Dr. Sandra Hamlin
*Annie E. Hanberry
Kiva Wilson
Dr. Shawn Suber
Brigadier General Milford Beagle, Jr.
The Honorable Judge Deandrea G. Benjamin
Judi Gatson
The Honorable Calvin "Chip" Jackson
Larry Griffin
Pastor Chris Leevy Johnson

Health/Science, Technology & Engineering
Brenda C. Murphy
*Deceased


2018 Honorees


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

Technology
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
*Deceased