Friday, October 07, 2011
Dr. Marlene L. O’Bryant-Seabrook has an uncanny yet interesting talent. The 1955 alumna of SC State University has indulged in many art forms, but the one that has been the most gratifying for her is fiber art. “At some point, I became interested in fiber art,” says the educator. O’Bryant-Seabrook uses her fiber art, which is an extension of quilting, to teach varied lessons. Most recently, after President Obama was elected, O’Bryant-Seabrook was charged with designing a quilt that would hang in Washington, DC during the Presidential Inauguration. With a one-month notification, she successfully weaved a lesson for this quilt, named They Paved the Way. “The Obama quilt includes the names of persons, organizations and events that paved the way for his presidency,” she says.
O’Bryant-Seabrook is one among the four SC State University alumni featured in AT&T’s 2012 South Carolina African American History calendar. Ironically, the calendar’s cover somewhat portrays her talent. “I was quite pleased and honored to be selected to be in this calendar,” says an ecstatic O’Bryant-Seabrook. SC State alumna and rural grassroots activist, Georgia Good; Brigadier General Stephen M. Twitty and educator and agriculturalist, David A. Williams are also SC State alumni who will join many others in this calendar that has become a virtual Hall of Fame.
Entering its 23rd year, AT&T South Carolina utilizes the 2012 African American History Calendar to profile individuals from the state who have profoundly impacted South Carolina and the nation. During the unveiling, held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, others were honored, including entertainer and entrepreneur, J. Anthony Brown; actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Monique Coleman; civil rights and community leaders, John and Marie Epps; Michael L. Parks, MD; educator and religious leader, bishop Daniel Alexander Payne; government and community leader, Lessie B. Price; political advisor and entrepreneur, Rick C. Wade and civil rights activist and college president, Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr.
To view AT&T’s 2012 South Carolina African American History Calendar, log on to http://www.scafricanamerican.com/calendar2012.pdf.