2017 Upstate Black History Makers

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107.3 JAMZ and McDonald’s are proud to present
the 2017 Upstate Black History Makers:

February 28: Bathsheba Floyd

For continuing to promote unity and celebrate diversity through her writing, photos and artwork, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Bathsheba Floyd as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Bathsheba Floyd is a local author, artist and

February 27: Reagan Thompson

For making an impact on high school freshmen in Greenville County by connecting them with quality adult mentors from the community, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Reagan Thompson as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Ms.

February 26: Valerie Chatman

For her lifelong commitment to serving the community and the exuberance with which she inspires and others, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Valerie Chatman as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Anyone who knows Valerie Chatman

February 25: Tiffany Whitney

For her selfless acts in improving the graduation outcome for pregnant and parenting students within Greenville County Schools, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Tiffany Whitney as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Tiffany Whitney is focused on improving

February 24: Ronald Goodwin

For guiding young student-athletes to be the best version of themselves, both on and (more importantly) off, the field, and for personally stepping up to set a good example for his players, we are elated to honor

February 23: Erica Brown

For playing an instrumental role in the revitalization of Spartanburg District 6, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Erica Brown as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. While Erica Brown has lived in Spartanburg for 21 years

February 22: LaVonda Bowman

For working with Upstate families to prepare students for academic success at every level, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute LaVonda Bowman as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. LaVonda Bowman is the owner and director of

February 21: Lieutenant Timothy Suber

For protecting and serving the citizens of Spartanburg County and mentoring young men in the area, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Lieutenant Timothy Suber as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Lt. Suber was born in

February 20: Princella Lee-Bridges

For providing burn survivors and their families with the resources necessary to help them rebuild their lives, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Princella Lee-Bridges as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Princella Lee-Bridges is the Founder

February 19: Rev. Dr. Romando James

For providing an alternative to incarceration for at-risk youth and young adults with his P.R.I.D.E. programs, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Rev. Dr. Romando James as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Rev. Dr. Romando James

February 18: Natalie Milom

For dedicating her life to providing Upstate residents with a pathway out of poverty, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Natalie Milom as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Natalie has a wealth of skills and experience

February 17: April Jackson

For putting the needs of underprivileged children and seniors in Greenville County first, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute April Jackson as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. April Jackson, native of Virginia moved to South Carolina

February 16: Shaun Golden

For challenging our youth to set goals, build character, and make a difference, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Shaun Golden as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. A native of Taylors, S.C., Shaun Golden is a

February 15: Crystal Weeks

For improving the health of her community by promoting health education, awareness, prevention, and quality health care, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Crystal Weeks as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Crystal Weeks currently works at

February 14: Beverly White

For providing Upstate youth with quality educations that incorporate the teachings of Christ, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Beverly White as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Beverly White began ministry at the age of 10

February 13: Lisa Thornton

For ensuring her family’s legacy as a part of the Civil Rights Movement is shared with future generations, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Lisa Thornton as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Lisa Thornton is the

February 12: Apostle James Bennett

For affecting positive change in Anderson County and beyond through his ministry, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Apostle James Bennett as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Apostle James Bennett is the Senior Pastor and Founder

February 11: Tobita Posley-McKinney

For her years of advocacy towards improving the lives of children and families in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Tobita Posley-McKinney as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Tobita Posley-McKinney

February 10: Dawn Staley

For her sustained career of athletic excellence and unwavering commitment to her community, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Coach Dawn Staley as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. When three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley took

February 9: Maurice McNab

For his commitment to serving the community and helping Upstate citizens navigate the legal system, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Attorney Maurice McNab as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Maurice McNab was born to Doris

February 8: Dr. Stephen J Peters

For cultivating an environment of success for students of Laurens County District 55 and beyond, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Dr. Stephen G. Peters as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Prior to his career in

February 7: Angela Pride

For her unique approach to developing future leaders and service to her community, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Angela Pride as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Angela Pride is an Upstate entrepreneur, community activist, and

February 6: Lillie Hall

For her devotion to improving the health of Upstate citizens through education and community engagement, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Lillie Hall as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Lillie Hall is currently the Community Systems

February 5: Shanita Peppers

For her tireless effort and ambition, entrepreneurial success and love of passing that enthusiasm on to her students, 107.3 JAMZ and McDonald’s is proud to honor Shanita Peppers at a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Shanita Peppers

February 4: LaCheryl Smith

For motivating student-athletes to reach their goals in the classroom and on the court, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute LaCheryl Smith as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. LaCheryl Smith is a native of Fountain Inn,

February 3: Jada Kidd Robinson

For her commitment to education and preparing her students for 21st century learning, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute Mrs. Jada Kidd Robinson as a 2017 Upstate Black History Maker. Mrs. Jada Kidd Robinson loves children and

February 2: Dr. Jermaine Whirl

Dr. Jermaine Whirl is a native Charlestonian that has become a well-respected professional in higher education. Dr. Whirl, early in life, was predestined for a career in higher education as he was a star student in K-12, holding a record

February 1: Lottie Gibson

For her lifetime of work as a humanitarian and civil rights activist, 107.3 JAMZ is proud to salute the late Lottie Beal Gibson as our first Upstate Black History Maker of 2017. For more than fifty years,

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