USCB TO COMMEMORATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESEGREGATION

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Candace Brasseur
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USCB TO COMMEMORATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESEGREGATION
BEAUFORT, SC – Media representatives, including reporters, correspondents, photographers and videographers, are invited to attend two events commemorating the Days of Reflection: the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of the University of South Carolina Beaufort Feb. 21st on the Historic Beaufort Campus of USCB. To request information in advance, including a copy of the schedule of events, please contact Candace Brasseur, USCB public information director, at 843-208-8030 or at brasse@uscb.edu.

WHAT
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will commemorate the integration of the university on Sept. 12, 1963, by honoring the impact of the decision by James H. Hollins to enroll as the first African-American student at the university 50 years ago. The university will celebrate this peaceful process and its positive effects in a series of events engaging students, faculty, staff and community members entitled “Days of Reflection: the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.” The events will take place Feb. 20 and 21 on the university’s two campuses.

WHO
Representative Kenneth F. Hodges, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Lawrence S. Rowland, Student Government President Devin Mock, will reflect on the event. James Hollins will be represented by his daughter, Ms. Jackie Hollins Lee.  Ms. Lee is Vice President of Information Technology for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She has served the Federal Reserve Bank for more than 30 years.

WHEN
Beaufort Campus Walk
Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m.   
                  Beaufort College Building, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Ms. Lee and members of her family will ascend the steps of the Beaufort College Building. In so doing, she will walk in the footsteps of her late father, who was the first African-American student admitted to the university. There will be a photo opportunity on the steps followed immediately by an opportunity for media interviews.

Campus Reception/Presentation Ceremony
                  Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m.
                  Center for the Arts
                  Historic Beaufort Campus of USCB

Ms. Lee will be presented with framed concurrent resolutions by the South Carolina House of Representatives honoring her father and his contribution to the quest for racial equality in South Carolina 50 years ago.
               
Speakers:             
S.C. Rep. Kenneth F. Hodges, D-Beaufort and Colleton Counties will make a special presentation
to USCB and to the family of James Hollins.
Larry Rowland, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of history, USC
Devin Mock, president, USCB Student Government Association
Ms. Jackie Hollins Lee, guest of honor and speaker

DETAILS
South Carolina in 1963 was a vastly different place than it is today. The University of South Carolina in Columbia and the other universities in the USC system, were not admitting African-American students. But when the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort sent a contingent of Marines to USCB to enroll in classes, James Hollins was one of their number. In a very peaceful process, James Hollins thus became the first African-American to enroll at USCB. He later praised the faculty and students, calling them “open and accepting” of him on campus. Hollins attended USCB during the 2013-2014 academic year.  When his tour of duty at the Marine Corps Air Station ended, he was assigned to another duty station. His credits from USCB enabled him to make continual progress on his degree, which he subsequently earned in Accounting. James Hollins always acknowledged that his admission to USCB was a major step in his quest to earn a college degree. After 23 years in the Marines, Hollins earned his CPA and opened an accounting firm Joliet, Illinois, through which he served clients for 33 years. James Hollins died on Jan. 5 of this year. His contribution to the university will forever be a part of its heritage.
 

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