SC History Symposium — Aiken

July 23, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Second Baptist Church, 1151 York Street NE, Aiken, SC
Dr. Walter Edgar, USC and
Dr. Bobby Donaldson, USC, CCRH&R
Moderator: Dr. Tom Mack, USCA
Our signature event will be a lively symposium on the dramatic events and jagged history of voting rights in South Carolina and Aiken County. Selected questions for the speakers will be taken from the audience. The discussion will involve three South Carolina luminaries: Dr. Walter Edgar and Dr. Bobby Donaldson of Columbia, along with Aiken’s own Dr. Tom Mack serving as moderator. Dr. Edgar is a celebrated historian, author, and longtime host of Walter Edgar’s Journal on South Carolina Public Radio. With an unparalleled knowledge of South Carolina history, Dr. Edgar is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Donaldson, who was born in Augusta and raised in Aiken County, is a scholar of southern history and African American life and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, and leads the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, housed in the Hollings Special Collections Library on campus. Dr. Mack is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken. During his tenure, Dr. Mack published over 100 articles about American literature and American cultural history in scholarly journals, books, and reference volumes. He also has written or edited seven books. In 2014, he received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities.

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