MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The official South Carolina Hall of Fame board of trustees have announced the 2014 inductees, one contemporary and one deceased. Marian Wright Edelman, an advocate for disadvantaged Americans and a civil rights activist, was selected by the board. The late Septima Poinsette Clark, an American educator and civil rights activist, is also being recognized for her accomplishments.
Both inductees will be honored at a formal ceremony on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers will include Brad Dean, president of the S.C. Hall of Fame, Dr. Leo Twiggs, chairman of the board of trustees for the S.C. Hall of Fame, and John Rhodes, mayor of the city of Myrtle Beach.
The Official S.C. Hall of Fame is located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center where attendees to the induction ceremony will be able to learn more about all past inductees.
Below is some information on the 2014 inductees:
Marian Wright Edelman is a native of Bennettsville. She is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, and has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund office in Jacksonville, Miss.
Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 - Dec. 15, 1987) was a Charleston native. She developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for both voting and civil rights for African Americans in the American Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., commonly referred to Clark as the "Mother of the Movement."