(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D.
Civil Rights Activists
Eliza and Harry Briggs were the petitioners in the important school desegregation case, Briggs v. Elliott.
(1898–1987) Septima Poinsette Clark was an African American educator and activist for equal rights who worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1898-1974) Reverend Joseph Armstrong Delaine was a civil rights leader from Summerton, SC, who helped end segregation in South Carolina schools.
(1939- ) Born in Bennettsville, SC, Marian Wright Edelman is an activist for the rights of children and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
(1873-1960) Susan Pringle Frost was the first president of the Charleston Equal Suffrage League and worked for equal voting rights for women and for preserving endangered Charleston properties.
(1943- ) Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to attend Clemson University when he began classes February 1, 1963.
Sarah Grimkè (1792-1873) & Angelina Grimkè Weld (1805-1879) - The Grimkè sisters were Charleston aristocrats who became active abolitionists who spoke out against slavery.
(1941- ) Born in Greenville, SC, Reverend Jesse Jackson is a politician and civil rights activist.