Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC.
Harold R. Boulware, Sr., was a lawyer and civil rights pioneer who played a crucial role in Briggs v. Elliot.
Eliza and Harry Briggs were the petitioners in the important school desegregation case, Briggs v. Elliott.
Born in Barnwell, SC, James Joseph Brown was a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and bandleader.
Septima Poinsette Clark was an African American educator and activist for equal rights who worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reverend Joseph Armstrong Delaine was a civil rights leader from Summerton, SC, who helped end segregation in South Carolina schools.
Martin Robison Delany was an physician, writer, and first proponent of black nationalism.
Marian Wright Edelman is an activist for the children's rights and the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Mamie Garvin Fields was a teacher, civil rights and religious activist, and memoirist.
Ernest Adolphus Finney, Jr. was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction Era.
Sarah Mae Flemming sued bus owners in Columbia, SC for an incident that occurred 17 months before Rosa Parks took her stand in Montgomery, Alabama.
Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to attend Clemson University when he began classes on February 1, 1963.
Juanita Willmon Goggins was the first Black woman to be elected to the SC General Assembly
Angelina Grimkè Weld was an abolitionist, political activist, women's rights advocate, and supporter of the Women's Suffrage Movement.
Archibald Grimkè was a lawyer, journalist, community leader, and involved in the early NAACP. Sarah Grimkè and Angelina Grimkè Weld are Archibald's paternal Aunts.
Sarah Moore Grimkè was a prominent abolitionist and is widely held to be the mother of the Women's Suffrage Movement.
Reverend James M. Hinton was a businessman, minister, and leading Civil Rights figure.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a civil rights activist, journalist, and author. She was one of the first Black students to attend the University of Georgia.
Born in Greenville, SC, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is a political activist, Baptist minister, and politician.
Harold Baron Jackson was a disc jockey and radio personality who broke down racial barriers, becoming the first black host on a national broadcast network in the 1950s.
Esau Jenkins was a South Carolina African American Human Rights leader, businessman, local preacher, and community organizer.
Benjamin Elijah Mays was a teacher, civil rights leader, president of Morehouse College, dean of Howard University's School of Religion, and first black president of Atlanta's school board.
Frieda Mitchell was a civil rights and social justice activist from Beaufort County.
Reverend Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was a minister and civil rights leader who became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the state Senate.
Daniel Alexander Payne was a bishop, educator, college administrator, and author from Charleston, SC.
Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr. was South Carolina's first Black United States District Court Judge.
Born to an aristocratic free Black family in Charleston, the Sisters were noted for their influence and political savvy in Reconstruction politics.
Celia Dial Saxon was a teacher and one of the founders of the Fairwold Industrial Home for Negro Girls and the Wilkinson Orphanage of Negro Children.
Modjeska Monteith Simkins was an African American civil rights activist who was the Secretary of the NAACP in South Carolina and helped write the court case for Briggs v. Elliott.
Civil rights activist; public health expert and advocate; First Black graduate and Black woman graduate from the University of South Carolina since Reconstruction
Dorris Wright is a Civil Rights Activist and was one of the participants in the "Greenville Eight" protest.
Virginia Durant Covington Young was a South Carolina suffragist, editor, and owner of South Carolina's Fairfax Enterprise weekly newspaper.