Whipper to be celebrated by missionary organization

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An appreciation banquet in honor of Dr. Lucille S. Whipper will be held at 6 p.m. on March 29 at the Alfred Williams Community Center (4401 Durant Avenue, North Charleston).

The banquet is being sponsored by the Lowcountry District Missionaries. A dinner donation of $30 is required to attend.

Member churches are requested to cover monetary contributions for a minimum of four tickets.

Dr. Whipper has served as an academic administrator and state government administrator. She was born on June 6, 1928 in Charleston to Sarah and Joseph Simmons in 1944. Whipper was a student activist at her high school, Avery Institute, in Charleston; her graduating class sought to desegregate the College of Charleston.

While a student at Talladega College, where she received her B.A. degree in economics and sociology, Whipper became involved in a movement to integrate college student organizations throughout the state.

Whipper continued her graduate education in political science at the University of Chicago where she received her M.A. degree. Whipper also later earned a certificate in guidance and counseling at South Carolina State University.

In the late 1960s, Whipper served as an organizer and director of Operation Catch-Up, a tutorial program for high school students. Operation Catch-Up was a forerunner of the Upward Bound programs.

In 1972, Whipper was appointed to serve as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Human Relations at the College of Charleston. Whipper became the College’s first African American administrator and developed its first affirmative action plan.

With the support of members of the Charleston County delegation and the President of College of Charleston, Theodore Stern, Whipper organized the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture committee. The committee then founded the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in 1990.

Whipper served as vice chairman of the Democratic Party Convention in 1972 and was later elected to the Charleston District 20 School Board. In 1985, Whipper became the first African American female to serve as an elected state official from the Tri-County area.

Whipper served for years on South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and sponsored two important pieces of legislation — one making marital rape a crime and the other requiring the monitoring of state agencies’ hiring goals for minorities and females. In 2004, Whipper co-founded the Lowcountry Aid to Africa project, donating money to foundations and organizations helping people and families in Africa affected by AIDS.

Lucille Simmons Whipper was married to the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Whipper Sr., and lives in Mount Pleasant. She is the mother of six children and is a grandparent.

Get Well Wishes

Sister Earnestine M. Williams; Sister Earnestine G. Williams; Sister Loretta White, (St. Stephen Nursing Home); Sister Annie Lee Graves; Sister Viola J. Middleton; Dr. Hattie Martin; Sister Elizabeth Jenkins; Brother Lamont Hallback (home); Brother Clossie Williams; Sister Mary Middleton; Sister Dollie Williams; Deacon Edward Carter; Sister Yvonne Singletary; Sister Eloise King; Sister Shirley Cleveland; Sister Regina Robinson,( home); Sister Gracie Williams; Sister Norma Ketcham; Sister Bertha Lee Williams; Sister Annie Lee Crawford; Sister Lillian Williams; Brother Christopher Prioleau; Sister Vanilla Thompson; Sister Emily Jones; Sister Lucille Edwards and all others that are under the weather and in need of our prayers, thoughts and visits.

Expressions of sympathy are being sent to the family of Mrs. Hester Gadsden and family on the passing of their mother.

Items of Interest

Send to Yvonne Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Call 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.

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