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S.C. Rep. Cobb-Hunter to speak at MLK Celebration at FMU

Francis Marion University and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16. 

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium. The overall sponsor for this free event is McLeod Health. The keynote speaker is Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter – S.C. District 66 (Orangeburg County).

Though she is charged with representing Orangeburg County, Cobb-Hunter has forged a unique pathway that has statewide implications. She was not only the first African American woman in Orangeburg County ever elected to a statewide office but she was also the first freshman appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and the first African American to ever lead a legislative caucus, when in 1997 she was elected House Minority Leader. She is a current member of the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee.

Cobb-Hunter earned the B.S. degree in African American History from Florida A&M University, the M.A. degree in American History from Florida State University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.  She is a 1986 graduate of Leadership South Carolina, a 1996 Arthur Flemming Fellow Leadership Institute and 2001 Eleanor Roosevelt Global Leadership Fellow. In May 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

She is married to Dr. Terry K. Hunter, executive director of Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studios (FACETS) and they reside in Orangeburg.

For more information, call the Dean of Student’s Office at (843) 661-1182.






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Last Published: January 17, 2014 10:37 AM
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