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Former Charleston Councilman Danny Richardson Dies At 76
Published:
7/28/2016 4:14:10 PM


Danny Richardson
 
By Barney Blakeney


Former Charleston City Councilman Daniel Louis Richardson died July 21 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 76.

Richardson was a native of Ravenel and one of 24 children born to the late Thomas and Daisy Smalls Richardson. He attended Berkeley County schools before enlisting in the Army, where he served honorably. Richardson was an astute businessman and held several positions with the International Longshoremen Association during 41 years before his retirement.

Beyond his esteemed career in the ILA, Richardson earned a respected reputation as a shrewd negotiator who recognized opportunities. He was an entrepreneur noted for making wise and visionary investments.

Richardson used that talent as a member of Charleston City Council. Elected to council in 1975 as one of the first members to serve under single member district elections, Richardson joined five other African Americans - Hilda Jefferson, Brenda Scott, Arthur Christopher, Robert Ford and Jerome Kinloch - to comprise half the council’s 12-member composition. His inaugural term also was the inaugural term for Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley’s unprecedented 40-year tenure.

During his 16 years on council Richardson served as Mayor Pro-Tem in 1982 and was instrumental in many ventures embarked upon by the administration including the development of Waterfront Park. Named ‘Most Valuable Public Official’ in 1989, Richardson served on various committees including the Central Business District Revitalization Committee. He later was a commissioner of Charleston Water System.

City council colleague Scott said Richardson was an advocate for the community, especially the residents of his west side Dist. 3. “He put a lot of hard work into constituent service. He was diligent about attending committee and neighborhood association meetings,” Scott said. “Danny was soft-spoken, but he stood up for issues concerning the community. During our time, that was a lot!”

Former Charleston councilman Kwadjo Campbell, elected to city council in 1998, followed Richardson who left the council six years earlier. Richardson was among those Black representatives who paved the way for African American representation to be a reality, Campbell said. “Before them there were none,” he said.
 

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