Published on March 28th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Commemorates Silver Anniversary

Columbia — Internationally renowned playwright and director Charles Randolph-Wright will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s (SCAAHC) 25th anniversary gala on April 5, at the Archives and History Center in Columbia. Wright most recently directed episodes of the series GREENLEAF for Oprah Winfrey’s network. He co-wrote and directed the world premiere of the musical BORN FOR THIS with gospel icon Bebe Winans.

Charles Randolph-Wright, a native of York, South Carolina, who recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University for a lifetime of extraordinary achievements, will be one of the highlights.

Performing at the gala will be Hopkins native, John Lakin has been hailed as a prolific songwriter, praise and worship leader and psalmist. Lakin has been a consistent, yet underlying name in the Gospel industry for over 20 years. His songs have been recorded by national Gospel recording artists including Ricky Dillard, Bruce Parham and others. His original song “God is Great” also made it into the Top 10 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. His song “Created to Worship”, the title track of his sophomore album, has been engrafted by many churches and gospel music fans as a worship anthem.

Lakin has released two albums to date on which he has credits for both writing and production; “Expression of Worship…Live” (2005) and “Created to Worship” (2011). Lakin has recently released two singles “The Promise” and “Desperate”, which are a part of his newest album, which is currently in post-production.

The gala celebrates SCAAHC’s 25 years of success, which range from supporting the installation of more than 300 official South Carolina historical markers to a series of teacher’s guides that incorporate African American history into the curriculum of grades K-12 and creating the Green Book of South Carolina, an online travel guide to more than 300 heritage sites. More about the SCAAHC can be found here.

The event is black-tie optional. It will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring the culinary offerings of restaurants and caterers, including Mobay’s Legacy, Sisters Catering, cookies from Wally Amos “The Cookie Man,” and more.

Tickets for the gala are $50 per person and can be purchased here. Advance tickets are required for admission. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Sponsors for the gala are Healthy Blue, Friends of Congressman James E. Clyburn, the Historic Columbia Foundation, Sonoco and Sea Grant Consortium.

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One Response to South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Commemorates Silver Anniversary

  1. Dawn Dawson-House says:

    This is an exciting event, and I can’t wait to celebrate all of SCAAHC’s milestones. I’m also looking forward to another 25 years of “preserving our places in history” so that our children know the value of their presence and voice.

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