ETV’s The Big Picture to profile Congressman James E. Clyburn, ‘61

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Program on SC State alum airs statewide, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., ETV’s The Big Picture presents “Clyburn of South Carolina,” a documentary spotlighting the career of Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, a 1961 SC State alumnus. Encore presentations air on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m.COLUMBIA – On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., ETV’s The Big Picture presents “Clyburn of South Carolina,” a documentary spotlighting the career of Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, a 1961 SC State alumnus. Encore presentations air on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m.

The 30-minute program is a revealing exploration of the life of a college student-turned-civil rights activist who would become the nation’s third-most-powerful person in Congress. From his failed bids for state office to his appointment as director of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission, to his impassioned defense of the Lake Marion bridge proposal some have dubbed “The Bridge to Nowhere,” viewers will be treated to a picture of a man whose groundbreaking accomplishments have earned the respect of a nation.

Clyburn said one of the primary motivations behind his career was changing how blacks are perceived in America: “(I wanted) to prove that black people could run state agencies in South Carolina. And when I got elected to Congress, I set out to prove that a black person could be an effective congressman and represent the people of South Carolina. That’s why I conduct myself the way I do, because I want to destroy every single myth that exists about black people.”

Also included in the broadcast is a warm-hearted moment with his wife Emily, who tells the “hamburger story” – a pivotal moment in the beginning of their relationship when she visited the jail and shared a hamburger with a famished Clyburn who had been arrested during an Orangeburg sit-in demonstration. Viewers will also see how the congressman combined his two passions – his alma mater and golf – into an annual fundraiser-tournament that provides scholarships to students at SC State University in Orangeburg.

Punctuating the production are interviews with mentors, colleagues and friends, including:
• James B. Edwards, former S.C. Governor
• Richard W. Riley, former S.C. Governor
• Matthew J. Perry Jr., Senior U.S. District Judge
• Kay Patterson, Senator, D-Richland
• James L. Felder, former S.C. House Member
• Herbert U. Fielding, former S.C. House Member
• William “Bill” Clyburn, Representative, D-Aiken
• Henry E. Brown Jr., Representative, R-Sixth Congressional District

For more information, please contact Dana McCullough at (803) 737-3212, or dmccullough@scetv.org.

ETV is South Carolina’s statewide network with 11 television stations, eight radio stations and a closed-circuit educational telecommunications system in more than 2000 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies.