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Published on November 12th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Columbia branch NAACP begins transition to new leadership

Pictured Oveta Glover to announced candidacy for local NAACP branch president.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Branch NAACP will elect new leadership for the 2019-2020 term, and one candidate who integrated South Carolina’s schools as a child hopes to take up the reins of leadership.

Oveta Glover, a candidate for the office of president of the Columbia branch, announced her candidacy and presented a platform for civil rights and social justice initiatives for the Columbia-area recently at the Allen-Benedict Community Development Center 2601 Reid Street, Columbia, S.C.

Glover has long been involved in the Civil Rights Movement, marching and speaking since age six. Notably, she was one of the first 11 children and teenagers to integrate the Charleston County public school system in 1963 for the state of South Carolina at age nine. That case was one of the feeder cases in the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. She has continued to press forward against injustices in the ensuing decades, following in a trail carved out by her father Rev. Dr. Benjamin James Glover, a former Charleston and Columbia branch NAACP president (and a former Allen University president), and her grandfather Rev. Alonzo Webster Wright, the first S.C. NAACP State Conference president.

Glover has received many honors for her own work. On Feb. 21, 2013, she was presented the “Key to the City” of Charleston, S.C. for her contributions during civil rights school integration and the day was proclaimed “School Access Toward Equity Day.” More recently, she was recognized and honored as the U.S. Congressional “S.C. Civil Rights Luminaire 2016.” She has also been honored by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity as one of its “Women of Excellence in Community Education” and as the “Midlands Woman on the Move 2015” by the BlindSpot Art Foundation.

A business owner, teacher, counselor, volunteer, author, community activist, leader and mentor, Glover is president and founder of Friends United as a Neighborhood Developmental Society, a nonprofit organization that advocates for diabetes and hepatitis C awareness. The organization also partners with the City of Columbia to produce an annual statewide Black History Parade and Festival each February as a community education resource.

For more information, contact Oveta Glover at (803) 361-5470 and via email at ovetasimms@hotmail.com.

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination in housing, employment, healthcare, education and the Courts.

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  1. Broderick Tate says:

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