SC State’s Miller F. Whittaker Library celebrates National Library Week

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cecil J,. WilliamsSC State’s Miller F. Whittaker Library will name and dedicate The Cecil Williams Collection: A Visual Chronicle of African American History in honor of internationally renowned photographer, publisher, and author, Cecil Williams. The naming and dedication is part of National Library Week, April 13-17, 2009. The naming and dedication will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Miller F. Whittaker Library.

The theme for this year’s annual celebration is "Worlds Connect @ the Miller F. Whittaker Library."
Williams, a native of Orangeburg, S.C. received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Claflin University in 1960.

His photographic images of the civil rights movement provide one of the most comprehensive collections of the era.

In addition to being a stringer correspondent with Jet Magazine, his photographs have been published in more than 126 books, hundreds of newspapers and featured in 11 television documentaries.

In December 2006, he authored “Out of the Box in Dixie,” a sequel to “Freedom and Justice,” published in 1995 by Mercer University.

In December 2008, Williams released his third book, “Orangeburg 1968” a documentary which visually tells the story of the events that lead to, February 8, 1968, known as the Orangeburg Massacre. It offers an unparallel perspective of the tragic events that occurred on the campus of SC State.

William’s photographs have been exhibited at Furman University, University of South Carolina, the Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin University, and the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at SC State.

Among the many awards and citations that he has received, Williams received the South Carolina African- American Heritage Commission’s “Preserving Our Place in History” award in 2006; honored at the South Carolina Hall of Fame and also featured in the 2007 Bellsouth African American History Calendar; and is the recipient of Presidential Citation, awarded by Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University for his contributions to the college and the Orangeburg Community.

Williams and wife, Barbara resides in Orangeburg, S.C.

“We are honoring William’s contributions to SC State Historical Collection, because of his visual chronicles, that has had an impact on African-American History,” said Adrienne Webber, dean of the Miller F. Whittaker Library. “His contributions strengthens and enhances the Collection to bring visual perspective of the accountancies of African-Americans at SC State, Orangeburg, the state of South Carolina, and the Nation,” she continued.

The following events will take place during National Library Week:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Naming and Dedication ~ The Cecil Williams Collection: A Visual Chronicle of African American History
1st Floor, Miller F. Whittaker Library
11:30 a.m.
National Library Worker’s Day

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Spoken Word and Open Mic
1st Floor, Miller F. Whittaker Library
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
“Snackin with the Dean, Let’s talk about the Library”
1st Floor, Miller F. Whittaker Library
Noon - 1 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Library Amnesty Day
End of Semester Survival Kit Give-A-Way
1st Floor, Miller F. Whittaker Library

For more information about National Library Week, contact Adrienne Webber at (803)536-8638.