Dr. Leo Twiggs, distinguished artist-in-residence at Claflin University, helped launch Claflin University’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration, during the 150th Founders’ Day Convocation, Nov. 18, 10 a.m., at the Universities Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex, with a walk down memory lane, enlightening and enthralling his listeners about the institution’s rich legacy of access and visionary leadership. “God’s not finished with Claflin yet,” said Twiggs.

The St. Stephen native is a 1956 summa cum laude graduate of Claflin. He went on to earn a master’s degree from New York University where he studied with the acclaimed African-American muralist, Hale Woodruff. He then earned a doctorate degree in art education in 1970 from the University of Georgia, making him the first African American to do so. Recently, Twiggs completed a series of nine paintings titled “Requiem for Mother Emanuel” commemorating the lives of the nine Charleston church shooting victims, Galleries across South Carolina exhibited the paintings, and the paintings were featured on ESPN and CBS Evening News. Dr. Twigg’s achievements are notable, and we are always pleased to share information about his activities and accomplishments because of his continuing generosity to others and his humanity. Berkeley County is hometown proud.

Christmas for Vets

The Knights of Columbus will once again be asking for generosity in contributing socks of any kind for Veterans (men and women), convalescing at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. Reception of donations began on Nov. 11, but will continue until Dec. 20.

The small act of generosity, this time of the year, will go a long way. Donations may be delivered to the church hall, 1404 Old Highway 52, Moncks Corner.

Nursing Home Christmas

The Antioch Baptist Associations’ Women’s Auxiliary Overall Project Committee collected toiletry and other support items to contribute to the New Beginnings Nursing Home in Pineville and the Lake Moultrie Nursing Home in St. Stephen. Annually the Women’s Auxiliary adopts an agency or facility with the intent of brightening the Christmas Season for youth or seniors of Berkeley County. This year they collected liquid soap, shower gel, tooth paste, tooth brushes, facial tissue, shampoo, Vaseline, mouth wash, deodorant, crew socks (men and women), sanitizer and diabetic socks for the identified nursing homes.

Committee members, Evelyn Scott, Ejurie Brown, Loretta Snipe, Annie Patterson, Lillie Lanier, and Anna Lee Williams, worked with association churches to secure the items, and they were supported by numerous church representatives. The send tremendous expressions of appreciation to all who supported the venture. Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown is Association Moderator and Lillie Whitten is President of the Associations’ Women’s Auxiliary.

Send items of interest to Yvonne Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.