FLORENCE, S.C. – Dewayne J. McClary, a student at Francis Marion University, was recently elected president of the South Carolina Youth and College Division of the NAACP.
McClary, a Kingstree native, was elected at the South Carolina 62nd-annual Convention and Civil Rights Conference, held in Charlotte, N.C.
His campaign was based on five initiatives: membership, criminal justice, political empowerment, health advocacy and educational excellence.
“Too many poor South Carolinians, including large numbers of African Americans, who pay taxes are being deprived of the type of education they need in order to earn livable wages, meet the requirements of the technology-driven workplace, participate fully and knowledgeably in civic life, and provide bright futures for themselves and their children,” McClary said. “At all levels of the educational enterprise – from kindergarten through higher education – there are too many barriers that continue to retard, rather than advance, the broadening of educational opportunity and the attainment of educational excellence.”
McClary currently serves as state education chairman for the Youth and College Division and is a certified national trainer of the NAACP. He is a sophomore at FMU and is majoring in political science-teacher certification. He is a 2002 graduate of Kingstree High School.
Alicia Wigfall of Moncks Corner, also a sophomore at FMU, was elected state secretary of the Youth and College Division. She is a 2002 graduate of Berkeley High School.
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