Prominent SC leaders to be recognized in annual awards program

March 29, 2021

Several South Carolina leaders and initiatives will be recognized this year by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) in its annual “Preserving Our Places in History: Lest We Forget” award program on April 9, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. SCAAHC is pleased to announce State Senator Mia McLeod as the keynote speaker and Christal Brown and the Gullah Geechee Choir as performers. The Master of Ceremony will be local comedian Akintunde.

The awards program honors exemplary achievements or advocacy for African American heritage research, identification, promotion, and preservation that has made a notable, successful, and lasting contribution to the preservation of African American history and culture in South Carolina.

Due to the health pandemic, the 2020 awards program was not held. This year SCAAHC will virtually honor the 2020 and 2021 award recipients.

The virtual awards program is free and open to the public. We encourage you to register early at:


About the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission

Established through a joint resolution passed by the South Carolina General Assembly on May 14, 1993, the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) is devoted to preserving and promoting the rich history and culture of African Americans in the Palmetto State. Since its inception, the Commission has enhanced the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History to document and educate the public about the Black experience in South Carolina through cultural programs, curriculum development, teacher training workshops, the publication of books and online resources, and the preservation of historic spaces.