Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Field Director of NAACP to Speak at Winston County Freedom Fund Banquet

The speaker for the Winston County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be Reverend Charles Lee White, Jr. The Banquet is scheduled for April 26, 2014. Reverend White's bio follows:

Educated in the public schools of Charleston County, S.C., the battlefields of social justice, and in the trials
of life, the Rev. Charles Lee White, Jr. continues to distinguish himself as a leader, mentor and a mighty man of God.

Rev. White believes in ministry beyond the walls of the church and is thankful for the opportunity to serve God through service to God's people.

Reared as a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Hollywood, SC native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina, later entering Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was conferred a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education.

An ordained Elder and Full Member of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served as a Lay Campus Minister at the University of South Carolina and Columbia College. Rev. White has served as Senior Pastor of the Clover Parish of the United Methodist Church, Clover, South Carolina and Senior Pastor of the St. James United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he began numerous ministries and led in the development of several church and community initiatives. White has also served in churches in the North Georgia and Arkansas Conferences of United Methodist Church. He and his family are now happy to be a part of the Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia, Georgia.

Currently, Rev. White serves as the National Field Director and Director of Field Organizing for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He has served as the National Director of Field Operations, Deputy Chief of Field Operations, Director and Youth Director for the Southeast Region of the NAACP, the largest of the NAACP’s seven regions.

He has served the NAACP at every level having been elected President of the Sea Island Youth Council in 1984, University of South Carolina Chapter and President of the S.C. Youth and College Division. He is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP.

His civil rights undertakings include becoming the first African-American member of the University of South Carolina Chaplains Association, the first African-American member of the Clover Rotary Club and winning a precedent setting 1993 verdict against the Buffalo Room in North Augusta, S. C. for refusing to serve him and five other NAACP officials because of their race. That was the first time in the state’s history that an African-American citizen recovered monetary damages for race discrimination using the claim of outrage. The suit led to a strong Public Accommodations Law being adopted by the South Carolina Legislature.

A civil right professional, White is accredited as being a strategic organizer and advisor to many. He was humbled and honored to be one of the principle coordinators and a pallbearer at the memorial service for the late Mrs. Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

White has devoted a great deal of time working with young people. He is founder of Brothers United for Change (BUC) of Hollywood and Clover, S.C., a ministry dedicated to “Saving Black Boys: One At A Time” and Brothers and Sisters United for Change (BSUC) of the Sea Islands of Charleston, SC.

White served as a member of 2007 Nigeria Presidential Election Observer Delegation led by Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and a charter member of the Rho Phil Lambda Chapter in Metro-Atlanta. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Center for African American Male Research, Success and Leadership at the University of West Georgia and Fort Valley State University, People For the American Way African American Ministers Leadership Council Leadership Team and the American Red Cross Minority Advisory Committee.
Among his numerous awards include being named the 2009 recipient of the NAACP’s Medgar Evers Award, the highest honor bestowed on a NAACP National Staff member. He is also the recipient of the Atlanta Branch’s prestigious Jondelle Johnson Legacy Award. He has earned recognition by the South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee House of Representatives for his outstanding work in civil rights. He was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Georgia Secretary of State; and recognized for his multi-year nomination for Father of the Year by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

His crowning achievement is having had the good sense to marry the former Adrienne Thompson and raise two fine sons: Dwayne, who serves in the United States Army and Alexander, a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a United States Air Force Reservist, and two grandsons, Dwayne, Jr. and Davion and two granddaughters, Chloe and Christina. The family resides in Ellenwood, Georgia
He has been blessed and is a true believer that the gifts of God's precious Holy Spirit are the empowering force for the people of the Village! Rev. White models his life after the African American spiritual: “If I Can Help Somebody As I Pass Along, then My Living Shall Not Be In Vain.”