South Carolina Department of Education To Unveil 2018 African American History Calendar

Columbia, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Education is unveiling the 2018 South Carolina African American History Calendar in a celebration tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 12-month calendar profiles individuals from across the state who have had a positive, compelling impact on South Carolina and, often, across the country.

"The 12 honorees that are profiled in the 2018 African American History Calendar are exceptional individuals that have made a remarkable impact on our state and nation," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. "The South Carolina Department of Education is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the African American History Calendar and looks forward to carrying on its legacy for years to come."

This is the first year that the South Carolina Department of Education is the lead sponsor of the African American History Calendar. AT&T presented the calendar for 29 years and remains a key sponsor in the creation of the calendar.

The 2018 African American History Calendar highlights twelve extraordinary individuals who have made significant impacts through public service, medicine, education, preservation, and business. Each honoree has enriched South Carolina’s history and been an ambassador for the state. The honorees featured in the 2018 calendar are:

  • J. Arthur Brown - Civil Rights Statesman and Community Activist
  • Maude E. Callen - Nurse-Midwife and Volunteer
  • Louise Miller Cohen - Historian and Preservationist
  • Mabel James Dickey - Historic Preservationist and Social Worker
  • Percival Everett - Novelist, Painter and Educator
  • James L. Felder - Activist, Legislator and Educator
  • Nathaniel J. Frederick - Attorney and Activist
  • Burnett W. Gallman, Jr. - Physician and Community Leader
  • Richard T. Greener - Professor and Attorney
  • Barbara Williams Jenkins - Historian and Preservationist
  • James L. Moore III - Educator and Counselor
  • Elaine Nichols - Historian and Curator

The biographies printed in the calendar are also preserved online and are used by educators from across the state in incorporating African-American history into classroom curriculum. Over nearly three decades, the project has developed into a virtual hall of fame and attracts online visitors from around the globe.

In addition to the South Carolina Department of Education, other sponsors of the calendar include AT&T, the University of South Carolina, The State newspaper, WIS-TV, South Carolina ETV and the Inn at USC Wyndham Garden Columbia.

The 2018 calendar will be available for download beginning Oct. 4, 2017. For more information about previous editions of the calendar, including biographies of past honorees and resources for educators, please visit