AT&T* is unveiling its 2017 South Carolina African American History Calendar in a celebration Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina.
The 12-month calendar typically profiles individuals from across the state who have had a positive, compelling impact on South Carolina and, often, across the country.
This year, however, the calendar is devoted to remembering the lives irreparably changed by the shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last year. Profiles will honor the Emanuel 9, who lost their lives, as well as victims who survived. Other months will examine the heritage of the historic Emanuel Church and how the state astonished the world in its reaction to the tragedy.
"The men and women whose lives were cut short will forever have a place in South Carolina's history and in our hearts," saidPamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina. "While some had lived their lives very much in the public eye and were well-known individuals, others embraced lives behind the scenes filled with family, friends and community. It is a privilege to honor them, and those who survived that horrible night, in the 2017 South Carolina African American History Calendar."
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.
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects, such as the South Carolina African-American History Calendar, that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs.
In addition to AT&T, other supporters of the calendar include the South Carolina Department of Education, the University of South Carolina, The State newspaper, WIS-TV and South Carolina ETV.
For more information about previous editions of the calendar, including biographies of past honorees and resources for educators, please visit www.scafricanamericanhistory.com. The 2017 calendar will be available for download beginning Oct. 5, 2016.
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