Published on February 3rd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Aviation Employee Network Hosts 32nd Annual Black History Month Celebration at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

(Cayce) The Aviation Employee Network (AEN) will hold their 32nd annual Black History Month program on Wednesday, February 18 at 12 o’clock in the Carolina Room at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Renowned author, speaker and Civil Rights Activist, Jim Felder, will give the keynote address which will center on his 1994 memoir “I Buried John F. Kennedy” and his follow-up book, “Civil Rights in South Carolina” which was released in 2012.

Felder is a native of Sumter, SC.  He received his BA from Clark Atlanta University, a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and a Master of Laws from the Atlanta Law School. He has a long history of pursuing social justice in the state of South Carolina including a period from 1967 to 1969 during which he directed the SC Voter Education Project (VEP) and coordinated a statewide registration drive that placed over 200,000 Blacks on the voting rolls.  He has held positions as Executive Director of Project T-Square and Executive Vice President of OPERATION PUSH, in Chicago, Illinois.

In November 1970, Jim Felder along with I. S. Leevy Johnson and Herbert Fielding, were the first Blacks to be elected to the South Carolina Legislature since Reconstruction.  In 1973 he was appointed the first Black Assistant Prosecutor in South Carolina.

From 1983 through 1994, Felder served as professor and Chairman of the Department of Business & Economics at Allen University.  In 1994, he was named Executive Director of the South Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches.  Today, he is President/CEO of the SC Voter Education Project.

In addition to Mr. Felder’s keynote address, the Allen University Concert Choir will perform a series of selections conducted by Peter Felder.

Lunch will be provided by the Friendly Caterer.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however space is limited.  Parking passes will be provided to attendees.

For further information or to RSVP; please contact Ms. Chappelle Gwen Broome, Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s  Director of Human Resources  at or  803-822-5000.

The Aviation Employee Network (AEN) is comprised of employees from the local National Weather Service Office Columbia Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Traffic Control Tower & Columbia Metropolitan Airport.





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