AT&T's 2017 South Carolina African American History Calendar was unveiled at a celebration this week at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.
People from South Carolina who have made an impact on the state and/or the country are typically featured in the calendar but for this 28th edition, the focus was on the nine victims and the survivors of the Emanuel A.M.E Church shooting in Charleston on June 17, 2015. Three months will be dedicated to the history of the Emanuel Church and the state’s reaction to the shooting.
"The men and women whose lives were cut short will forever have a place in South Carolina's history and in our hearts," AT&T South Carolina President Pamela Lackey said. "While some had lived their lives very much in the public eye and were well-known individuals, others embraced lives behind the scenes filled with family, friends and community. It is a privilege to honor them, and those who survived that horrible night, in the 2017 South Carolina African American History Calendar."
As with past years, the biographies of the people featured in the calendar will also be available online for the public to read and for educators to refer to when teaching about African American history in the classroom.