The Spirit of an Activist
The Life and Work of I. DeQuincey Newman
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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List of Illustrations
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When I think of the Reverend I. DeQuincey Newman, verses from one of Longfellow’s poems reverberate in my mind: “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime. And departing leave behind us foot prints on the sands of time.” I. DeQuincey Newman was, by any measure, a great...
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As I viewed images in Out-of-the-Box in Dixie: Photography of the South Carolina Events that Changed America in preparation for writing this book, the faces of former classmates at South Carolina State College (now University) stared back at me. Only then I realized that the Reverend I. DeQuincey Newman...
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It is quite an honor for me to write the prologue to this book honoring the life and legacy of I. DeQuincey Newman. As the first South Carolinian and the second African American to rise to the third ranking position in the United States House of Representatives, I am acutely aware of how important it is...
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This book has been a journey of discoveries about Reverend Isaiah DeQuincey Newman, his family, his colleagues, the history of the state of South Carolina, as well as about the one doing the discovering. It is intended that readers will also experience a journey of discoveries—that they too will leave...
Isaiah DeQuincey Newman: The Servant Leader
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Isaiah DeQuincey Newman’s life embodied many contradictions. He described himself as a country preacher, though he graduated from an esteemed theological seminary. He was an intellectual and so to speak, “walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.” Like most educated African Americans...
Making the Impossible Possible: Building Alliance between Religion and Politics
Sadye L. M. Logan and Josephine A. McRant
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The United States Supreme Court, the highest court of the nation, interpreted the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to mean that church and state shall remain separate. Simply stated, the state shall not have the influence either to prohibit or to promote a person’s religious belief. There have been numerous debates over this interpretation...
The NAACP Years: Newman as South Carolina Field Director
Millicent E. Brown
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Newman assumed a leadership role in the NAACP beginning in 1943. During that time (1940–46) the NAACP experienced an increase in black registered voters. The period of his leadership, the 1950s through the 1960s, was one of revitalization of commitment and was a legacy of rich activism and...
Leadership in Black and White: Newman’s Struggles with Race and Politics
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This essay contains an examination of the approach and success of 1940s civil rights activism in South Carolina, which helped to shape the fight over desegregation in the state during the 1960s, and the influence of this period’s leadership, which conditioned and gave opportunities for the style of...
A Vision for Change: Community Planning and Development in Rural South Carolina
Wallace Brown, Sr., G. Robert Cook, Carrie Crawford Washington, and Karen Ross Grant
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The war on poverty was not officially declared in the United States until 1964. However, in South Carolina poverty was not “discovered” until 1968.1 One of South Carolina’s first responses to poverty was the development in 1971 of the Rural Regional Coordination Demonstration Project (RRCDP). Three years later, in October 1974, Governor John West appointed the Reverend...
Impacting the State’s Economy: Challenging Discriminatory Practices in Employment
Tanya S. Brice and Sadye L. M. Logan
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Isaiah DeQuincey Newman lived during a time of great economic transition in the state and the nation. He was born during an era when sharecropping was the major economic and employment activity for African Americans in South Carolina. This and related menial jobs kept African Americans dependent...
Narratives: I. DeQuincey Newman Remembered
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This collection of thirteen personal narratives about Isaiah DeQuincey Newman provides a diverse mixture of voices that paints an informative, moving, and sometimes passionate collage of the challenges, triumphs, and small and large everyday acts of courage in living. It has been said that when memory...
Conclusion: Newman’s Vision of a “Just” South Carolina
Sadye L. M. Logan
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At the turn of the century and at the time of I. DeQuincey Newman’s birth in 1911, the United States was on the brink of major transformation. This was a time of great hope. The progressive spirit of reform was spreading rapidly across our nation. One might surmise that this was the perfect time for the...
Appendix: Time Line of the Central Jurisdiction and Events Leading Up to Its Creation
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2014