Marriott Resort and Spa, Hilton Head Island
February 24-26, 2012
Over a fast-paced, inspiring, stimulating and enjoyable three days in late February, a great number of prominent, cross-sector leaders from across South Carolina came together on Hilton Head Island. These Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) alumni gathered to focus on serious issues confronting our state and to strategize and determine ways to get more actively involved in shaping and supporting emerging education and healthcare initiatives in our state. The excitement and energy that grew over the course of OneSouthCarolina, the inaugural DLI graduate weekend, was palpable.
Presentations on poverty, healthcare, and education by MUSC President Ray Greenberg, school equity attorney, Steve Morrison, and panels of experts engendered thought-provoking discussions and brought rousing applause. Learning more about and experiencing South Carolina food, culture, and music showcased the diverse talents, unique qualities, and commitment to excellence possessed by so many residents of our state. Most of all, the synergy and camaraderie of the DLI graduates assembled on Hilton Head created an atmosphere of enthusiasm and excitement about the possibilities of helping move our state forward.
OneSouthCarolina is not just about a weekend, however. Rather, OneSouthCarolina is a movement being built on the power of DLI alumni–on the power of these alumni’s cross-sector relationships, shared diversity lens, and passion for our state. These DLI graduates, who possess creativity, energy, capacity, and strong leadership skills, are a formidable force for change. We believe strongly that OneSouthCarolina: the DLI graduate weekend has already begun creating a legacy of lasting positive results for South Carolina in meaningful and tangible ways.
2:00 – 4:30 pm Check-In/Registration
5:30 Reception: Southern hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (Sable Palm Room)
Soby’s New South Cuisine, Greenville, SC
Devereaux’s, Greenville, SC
Conroy’s, Hilton Head, SC
7:00 Dinner (Ballroom ABC East)
Welcome and Remarks
Richard Riley, former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education
Marlena Smalls, Entertainer and Educator
Keynote: Why Poverty Must Be Part of Our Public Discourse
Rod Smolla, President, Furman University
8:00 Breakfast (Ballroom ABC East)
Don Gordon, Executive Director, the Riley Institute at Furman
Remarks on Diversity Blind Spots
Juan Johnson, President, Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation; DLI facilitator
About South Carolina Traditions at OneSouthCarolina
Ken May, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission
9:15 Prime Indicators: The Intersection of Poverty & Healthcare in South Carolina (J West)
A Tale of Two South Carolinas
Healthcare, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina
Ray Greenberg, President, Medical University of South Carolina
10:15 Creative Break (Gallery)
Exhibit and Demonstration: South Carolina Traditions
curated by Susan DuPlessis and Sara June Goldstein, South Carolina Arts Commission
10:40 Prime Indicators, continued (J West)
Panel: Healthcare, Poverty and Equity on the Ground in South Carolina
Roland Gardner, CEO, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services
Ed Sellers, Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; S.C. Council on Competitiveness
Carolyn Wong Simpkins, Clinical Director and General Manager, BMJ Group North America
Moderator: Mark Quinn, Director, Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of SC
11:25 Southern Foodways
A Multimedia Exploration of Southern Foodways
John T. Edge, Director, Southern Foodways Alliance
12:15 Lunch (Ballroom ABC East)
Trajectory 2030: Implications for South Carolina’s Future Competitiveness
Doug Woodward, Director, Division of Research and Professor of Economics, the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
1:30 Prime Indicators: The Intersection of Poverty and Education in South Carolina (J West)
Education, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina
Steve Morrison, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Panel: Education, Poverty and Equity on the Ground in South Carolina
Terry Peterson, Senior Fellow, College of Charleston; Board Chair, Afterschool Alliance
Gerrita Postlewait, immediate past Chair, South Carolina Board of Education
John Simpkins, Fellow, Charleston School of Law; Of Counsel, Wyche P.A.
Fred Washington, Chair, Beaufort County Board of Education
Moderator: Mark Quinn
3:00 OneSouthCarolina: DLI in Action
About DLI in Action
Jill Fuson, Manager of Policy Events and Conferences, the Riley Institute at Furman
Deb Campeau, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, Trident Health System
Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director, City of Spartanburg
Choose to Read Project
Susan DeVenny, Executive Director, South Carolina First Steps
Putting Teen Pregnancy on Pause
Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
4:00 Break before the evening’s festivities!
5:30 Reception and Oyster Roast (Oceanfront Patio)
Oyster Roast by Ben Moise, Mount Pleasant, SC
6:30 Dinner: Hands-on Exploration of Southern Foodways (Oceanfront Patio)
Barbecue by Scott’s BBQ, Hemingway, SC and Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, SC
Lowcountry Boil by Conroy’s, Hilton Head, SC
Benny Walker, Senior Fellow, Diversity Leaders Initiative
Freddie Vanderford and the Shades
Building an Inclusive, World Class State: South Carolina 2030
8:30 DLI in Action: Breakfast Breakouts
Text4BabySC (Ballroom I)
Healthy SChools (Ballroom G)
Choose to Read Project (Ballroom H)
Putting Teen Pregnancy on Pause (Ballroom D)
10:00 Closing Session (J West)
Imagining an Inclusive World Class State
John Baldacci, former Maine Governor and United States Congressman
Capstone Team Drawing
Calder Ehrmann, Senior Fellow, Diversity Leaders Initiative
Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers
Former S.C. Governor and Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Often referred to as “one of the great statesmen of education in the century,” Riley has worked throughout his lifetime to bring significant, widespread change to education in South Carolina and the United States.
President, Diversity Leadership in Action; DLI Creator and Facilitator
Juan Johnson is president of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation, a firm he launched in 2006 after concluding an extraordinary 21-year career with Coca-Cola Company and is facilitator of the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative.
President, Furman University
Rod Smolla is the eleventh President of Furman University. He is nationally recognized as a scholar, teacher, advocate and writer and is one of America’s foremost experts on issues relating to freedom of speech, academic freedom and freedom of the press.
Director of Public and Member Relations, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Mark Quinn is director of Public and Member Relations at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and has had a long career as a professional journalist in South Carolina. Quinn worked in television journalism for more than 16 years, 13 of which were spent in Columbia, South Carolina.
OneSouthCarolina will integrate experiences that showcase South Carolina’s unique foodways culture and help make this an unforgettable weekend. South Carolina Traditions, curated by the South Carolina Arts Commission, will feature demonstrations and sales by award-winning traditional artists connected to South Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. In addition to the artists spotlighted below, John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, prolific author, frequent contributor to the New York Times, Garden & Gun, and the former Gourmet and five-time James Beard Foundation award nominee, will speak to alumni about the diverse food cultures of the South. Each of the artists present at OneSouthCarolina has won prestigious awards from the South Carolina Arts Commission, including the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards. Traditional arts showcased include sweetgrass basket making, woodcarving, cast net weaving, and Catawba pottery making. Musical performances showcase the Piedmont blues tradition and the broad influences incorporated by the internationally acclaimed Marlena Smalls.
Keith Brown, Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, Catawba pottery maker, Rock Hill. Catawba Indian Keith Brown is continuing the Catawba Indians’ pottery tradition, which some consider the Catawba nation’s greatest legacy and believe to be South Carolina’s oldest continuing art form. The clay-working tradition of the Catawba Indian Nation, a simple, elegant style that is instantly recognizable, is being continued by a new generation of artisans, many of whom are children or grandchildren of pottery makers. Keith, born in Rock Hill in 1951, is a member of the Catawba Nation and grew up on the Catawba reservation, watching his grandmother and other tribal members make pottery and helping his grandmother prepare clay and burn her pottery. He also had the responsibility of digging and mixing clay. Keith first made pottery in 1976, while attending a pottery class. He served twenty years in the Army and helped to organize and served as president of the American Indian Association at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He retired from the Army in 1993 and moved back to the reservation. Keith has worked as the Exhibits Coordinator for the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project since June 1995. He has done demonstrations at the Atlanta History Center, the McKissick Museum and the Catawba Cultural Center. He is a student at The South Carolina Institute of Community Scholars in the Traditional Arts and specializes in clay effigy pipes. He is the son of Ruby Ayers and William Brown, both Catawba.
Ike Carpenter, third generation woodcarver, furniture maker and carpenter, Trenton. Ike Carpenter lives near Edgefield in Trenton, South Carolina. His grandfather was known throughout the Edgefield area as a carpenter and farmer and his father took up wood carving at the age of 15. Ike Carpenter is best known for making a special kind of traditional carving that is called “ball and chain” or “ball and cage.” These carvings are extremely difficult to make and are designed to show off a carver’s virtuosity. They are made entirely out of one piece of wood that has not been sawed, glued or pieced together. In addition to learning about carving from his family, Ike Carpenter apprenticed for eight years with John Mathis, a master cabinet maker who taught at the De la Howe School near McCormick. From Mr. Mathis, he learned all stages of traditional furniture-making, including how to shape felled trees into finely-crafted furniture using only primitive hand tools, such as an axe, adze, and shaving horse. Because of Mr. Mathis’ influence, he believes in sharing his talent and wisdom with others. In addition to sharing his woodworking knowledge and skills with children in local public schools, he has given presentations at Drayton Hall and at the McCormick Heritage Festival. Talking informally about the carving tradition in his family with customers who visit his vegetable stand on Highway 25, Ike Carpenter explains, “Wood is our life… it’s in the blood, If you give me a piece of wood and a sharp instrument, I’m going to cut on it.”
M. Jeannette Gaillard Lee, master sweetgrass basket maker, Mt. Pleasant. As a youngster, Jeannette Lee learned the art of sweetgrass basket making from her mother and grandmother. The activity was an essential part of her childhood and often provided a significant portion of her family’s income. “When there were no jobs in the Mt. Pleasant area, my family would make baskets and take the ferry over to Charleston to sell them in the market,” she said. Sweetgrass basket making is a tradition specific to the South Carolina coast. It came to the state with enslaved West Africans from the “rice coast” (now Sierra Leone). Their knowledge of rice production, including basket-making techniques, was essential to the economic success of the colony. For many years, the baskets used in the processing of rice reflected this and remained constant in their utilitarian forms. In the 1930s, rice production methods changed, and tourism began to increase in the United States. To attract this new market, sweetgrass basket makers began transforming their craft into a purely decorative art. The variety of styles that they practiced is reflected in Lee’s work. “Imagination determines what I make. I might see a pot in a store and go back home, visualize the pot’s shape, and try to make a similar basket,” she said. The pride Lee takes in her work comes from learning the art in the family context. “I remember when we made baskets, and if we didn’t do it right, my mama would rip it up and say to do it the right way. She didn’t want anything that looked like the cat had just played with it,” she said. The quality and determination evident in Lee’s basket-making skills are reflected in her life’s work. She is coordinator of the Original Sweetgrass Market Place Coalition, has served on South Carolina’s Children’s Foster Care Review Board, and has been recognized for outstanding service to her community by many civic and religious organizations. The quest for creativity and perfection in sweetgrass basket making is a driving force for Lee. She is a tenacious and motivating advocate for the preservation and dissemination of the art that she learned as a child and continues to pursue and promote. “Sweetgrass baskets are a part of our heritage, a tradition that we will not let die,” she said.
Joseph “Cap’n Crip” Legree, cast net weaver, St. Helena Island. A living legacy in the St. Helena community, Joseph Legree, Jr. has spent his life preserving the cultural values and traditions of his Gullah ancestors. A community partner with Penn Center for more than 20 years, Legree contributes to the oral history and folklife of the Gullah people by demonstrating the craft of cast net weaving as a presenter at the Center’s annual Heritage Days Celebration. For decades Legree has demonstrated the connection between Gullah culture in South Carolina and West African art forms to dozens of groups of all ages. Legree was born April 4, 1924, the second of Joseph Legree Sr. and Geneva Brown Legree’s 14 children. He attended Frogmore School until third grade, when he began working the fields to help support his parents and siblings. He learned how to crab from his father, and began working the river by the time he was seventeen. He learned the art of cast net making from a fellow St. Helena resident, Mr. Harry Owens, when they worked together on an oyster boat. Legree weaves nets for fishing and shrimping and bases the size of the net on the height of the caster. Admiration for Legree’s skill led local author Pierre McGowan to include him in two books about life on the barrier islands. Nearing 85, Legree has survived both his wives, Jannie Holmes Legree and Clara Byas Legree, and is the father of six living children. Legree has 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. While one of his nephews and one grandson have learned how to partially construct a net, none of his family members have fully cultivated Legree’s skill. He would like to ensure a family member is able to construct a cast net from start to finish. Fortunately, one of Legree’s grandsons has shown an interest in learning the art form. Today, Legree volunteers much of his time driving family and friends to appointments and other activities. He still spends time on the water, but now he does it for pleasure rather than necessity. Though he lives independently, he takes pride in being surrounded by family. He still finds joy in making cast nets and sharing his recipes at family gatherings.
Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers. Marlena Smalls founded the Hallelujah Singers in 1990 to preserve the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands. The ensemble’s richly entertaining performances preserve and celebrate the heritage of the Gullah culture with language and traditions indelibly linked to West African heritage. Performances weaving music and narration present a dramatization of unique personages, rituals and ceremonial dimension which played an important part in shaping the Gullah culture and its influence on the broad musical traditions. The Hallelujah Singers travel extensively as Gullah ambassadors, teaching and entertaining in schools, auditoriums and festivals in their Fa Da Chillun Outreach Program. They have performed for the U.S. Congress, the South Carolina legislature, Chicago’s Ravinia festivals, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto Festival and the G-8 Summit. The group has been designated a Local Legacy of South Carolina by the U.S. Library of Congress as part of the library’s Bicentennial Celebration. Other awards include the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards, the Alpha Kappa Community Service Award, the Rockford (Illinois) Mayor’s Award, and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards (Governor’s award for the arts). They were named as the South Carolina Ambassadors of the year in 1998.
Marlena Smalls began singing at the age of 11 in Ohio and studied at Central State University. She is a sacred music vocalist and also sings gospel, contemporary, jazz and blues. Her programs for schools, reunions and meeting groups incorporate lecture, music and Gullah storytelling. Marlena founded Beaufort County’s (South Carolina) Gullah Festival in 1985, which today attracts more than 20,000 visitors. Inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame in 2004, she has performed for the Queen of England and many U.S. and international dignitaries. She has worked with film producer Joel Silver and Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Demi Moore and Glenn Close. In addition to many productions for PBS, SCETV and GPTC, Marlena is known to international audiences as Bubba’s mom in the Academy Award winning motion picture Forrest Gump.
Freddie Vanderford, Piedmont blues player, Buffalo. Growing up in Buffalo, South Carolina, Vanderford first learned to play the mouth harp, or harmonica, from his grandfather, who played “old mountain songs” on the instrument. Initially, Vanderford blended the country style of his grandfather with the sound of the Chicago blues. However, an encounter with the Piedmont blues of Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson would forever change Vanderford’s musical style. In the 1960s, Vanderford first heard Peg Leg Sam play the blues on the radio. When the Union County teenager discovered that the blues harpist and former medicine show performer lived nearby, he set out to meet him, hoping to learn something of his skill and style. The two eventually developed a close relationship, from which Vanderford learned a great deal about the Piedmont blues. Today, his music is one of the closest links to one of the early masters of a unique musical tradition. In a pattern common to any folk tradition, Vanderford combines his traditional blues roots with his own variations and new material. He entertains audiences with his renditions of the blues, playing solo or with fellow musicians such as “Little Pink” Anderson, Brandon Turner, Steve McGaha, and others. His discography includes Piedmont Blues, recorded with Brandon Turner under the name of the New Legacy Duo. His music is also featured on Feel the Presence: Traditional African American Music in South Carolina, an album produced through the McKissick Museum’s Folklife Resource Center, and in Stan Woodward’s film BBQ and Hoinecooking, a documentary on foodways in the state. Vanderford’s passion for the blues shines through in performances at venues from clubs and juke joints to the historic Hagood Mill. His enthusiasm for the blues is also apparent in his willingness to pass on the tradition. Radio appearances, guest lectures, participation in workshops, and serving as a mentor to aspiring musicians are some of the ways Vanderford ensures that the Piedmont blues will continue to thrive. To view an audio slideshow, click here.
An extraordinary group of people were brought together around the important story of how South Carolina’s diverse people fare in education and healthcare. Food and Fun played a substantial role and was enjoyed by all!
Golf: DLI senior fellow and golf devotee Benny Walker invited OneSouthCarolina attendees and guests to come early on Friday and play the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes, which Golfweek magazine readers consider one of the best courses in the southeast. An all-in fee of $75 for this championship course was secured.
Beachfront lodging. Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa – ahhhh.
Food and drink. Everyone enjoyed delicious Southern hors d’ oeuvres and signature cocktails from some of the state’s best chefs and bartenders at the Friday night reception. Some of our favorite restaurants that participated were Soby’sand Devereaux’s — the Marriott Dinner followed.
Saturday night’s southern food cornucopia on the oceanfront patio was sumptuous. Everyone enjoyed the oyster roast by Ben Moise, the lowcountry boil from Conroy’s, and barbecue from two of the state’s best barbeque emporia, Henry’s Smokehouse of Greenville (perennial winner of the “Best Barbeque in the Upstate” award) and Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway (featured in The New York Times and in a documentary by the Southern Foodways Alliance’s John T. Edge), Piedmont blues artists Freddie Vanderford and the Shades performed live.
Sunday morning sing. Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers closed the weekend with a Sunday morning performance that celebrated the heritage of the Gullah culture and its influence on the broad musical traditions
Spa. OneSouthCarolina attendees and guests received 20% off all spa services at the Marriott’s Spa Soleil – “a European-style spa combined with the sweetness of southern hospitality.”
More fun on Hilton Head. Sea kayaking, biking, dolphin and sunset boat tours, tennis, shopping, arts and culture were options for those that came early or stayed late. More information, click here.
Executive Director, The Riley Institute at Furman Don Gordon has been the Executive Director of the Riley Institute at Furman since 1999. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of Furman’s award-winning study away programs in East and Southern Africa.
Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission A panelist, presenter, consultant, and facilitator for local, state, and national arts organizations, Ken May is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where he has served in several positions since 1985. He has been a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts and is a regular guest lecturer in the arts administration program at the College of Charleston.
President, Medical University of South Carolina As president of MUSC Greenberg places a strong emphasis on statewide outreach and collaboration. He championed the formation of Health Sciences South Carolina by uniting the state’s three research universities and four largest teaching hospitals, fostering unprecedented collaboration to improve health, advance medical research, and stimulate economic development.
Chief Executive Officer, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services As the CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. for over thirty years, Roland Gardner is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall operation of the corporation, including patient care, financial management, personnel management, facilities, long-range planning, public relations, and other matters of importance to the corporation.
Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Ed Sellers has long worked to safeguard healthcare and economic well-being for South Carolinians through both his professional and philanthropic work. He is board chair of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Companion group of companies and also chairs the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, a non-profit council of leadership in business, academia and government, whose mission is to drive a long-term economic development strategy for South Carolina based on Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s concept of industrial clusters.
Clinical Director and General Manager for BMJ (British Medical Journal)
Group in North America Dr. Simpkins is a board-certified, Duke and Johns Hopkins trained internist who is the Clinical Director and General Manager for BMJ (British Medical Journal) Group in North America. She has considerable experience as a hospitalist in a variety of settings.
Director, Southern Foodways Alliance As director of the Southern Foodways Alliance—an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi—John T. Edge dedicates his time to documenting food cultures of the American South.
Director, Division of Research and Professor of Economics,
Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina Dr. Doug Woodward is a nationally and internationally acclaimed economist who has focused his research interests in the areas of regional economic development, entrepreneurial economics, and international economics.
Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Steve Morrison, partner at Nelson Mullins, is a highly regarded litigation lawyer whose leadership in the legal profession and in community service has been widely recognized. He serves as co-lead counsel for South Carolina’s poorest and most isolated children in Abbeville et al v. State of South Carolina.
Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network
Chair, Afterschool Alliance Terry K. Peterson has spent his career advancing public education and afterschool services for children, schools and the communities that benefit. Currently, he is director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network, as well as chairperson of the board of directors for the Afterschool Alliance, senior fellow with the Riley Institute at Furman and senior fellow for policy and partnerships at the College of Charleston.
Immediate past chair, South Carolina Board of Education Gerrita Postlewait is a foremost leader in education in South Carolina and nationally. She recently completed a four-year term on the South Carolina Board of Education and served as president of that body in 2011.
Fellow, Charleston School of Law
Of Counsel, Wyche P.A. John L. S. Simpkins is a Fellow of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Charleston School of Law, where he previously served as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives. He has taught as a visiting professor in Canada, New Zealand, China, and Spain and is of counsel to Wyche, P.A., in Greenville, South Carolina.
Chair, Beaufort County Board of Education A Beaufort native, Fred S. Washington, Jr. has a long record of effectiveness within the education, social services and economic development communities in the South Carolina lowcountry.
From Secretary Riley:
From Juan Johnson:
View the PowerPoint presented by Ray Greenberg, President, Medical University of South Carolina, on “Healthcare, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina.”
Video on “Healthcare, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina” by Ray Greenberg
View the PowerPoint presented by Steve Morrison, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, on “Education, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina.”
Video on “Education, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina” by Steve Morrison