President Obama to Visit Historically Black South Carolina College

PolitiChicks.comPresident Obama plans to visit Benedict College on Friday, March 6th. White House officials stated, “The President will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to hold an event at Benedict College with students and youth leaders.” The visit will mark the first time President Obama has visited the Palmetto State as POTUS.

The President may or may not be aware that while Benedict College is a relatively small college and unknown around the nation, there is one area in which the South Carolina College has dominated for more than a decade. The Benedict Gospel Choir has held the rank of #1 Gospel Choir in the nation for most of the past 10 years. The talented singers have taken their talents to places like Rome, Italy, Ghana, West Africa, and Heidelberg, Germany.

The group even collaborated with South Carolina natives and Grammy winners Hootie and the Blowfish, on the hit song Hold My Hand, back in 2010. Below is a short video example of not only the singing talent on display at Benedict College but also the spirit of compassion and concern for their fellow man.

Whatever the intent of the Presidents’ trip, he should count himself lucky if this award winning choir sings even one song during his visit. It would be something he would likely not soon forget and something that all of South Carolina should share with pride. There may be other historically black colleges in the state currently facing financial difficulties and shame…but Benedict College stands out as a testament of what hard work and dedication can achieve and maintain.

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

Related Articles

Back to top button

Please disable ad blocker.

We work hard to write our articles and provide you with the content you enjoy. The ads on the site allow us to continue our work while feeding our families. If you'd please whitelist our site in your ad blocker or remove your ad blocker altogether, we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you!