Upstate Black History Makers
107.3 JAMZ wants to ensure that those who do great service to our community are honored, especially during February, as Black History Month. So please join us in celebrating these individuals on their special day, and EVERY day, to make sure they know how much we appreciate the positive impact they are having on our community! Click on each one to read more about them!
 
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A native of Anderson, South Carolina, Hugh G. Martin graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 2007, and received his B.A. with Honors from Harvard University in 2012.
Johnson became the first emergency room nurse at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in 1972. Over the years, there have been patients who didn't want her to care for them because of the color of her skin. She didn't go home and cry.
Wakesha Fogle has not only been a devoted educator for the past fifteen years, she is also a wife and mother of three daughters.
S.T. Peden is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Minority Economic Development Institute Inc. (MEDII) -- a non-profit, tax exempt, economic development organization -- which is headquartered in Greenville and serves the 10-county Upstate region of South Carolina.
Ralph Waldo Emerson captured the essence of Mr. Cecil L. Bonner when he wrote: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Mr. Bradley Onassis Robinson is a native of Greenville, S.C., and an alumnus of Carolina High School.
Jessie Ruth Littlejohn is a native of Spartanburg County where her work on revitalization projects in her community has been recognized. She was elected President of the South Converse Neighborhood Association in 2008 and served until 2013.
Forty years ago, Leroy Worthy was hired by Milliken as part of the first integration policy.
Judge Seldon Peden is a native of Greenville, South Carolina.  After graduating from Southside High School, he earned his Political Science degree from Morehouse College.
After 39 years of teaching and 3 years of retirement, Patricia Prysock returned to Spartanburg High to make it 40… perhaps MORE!   Patricia W. Prysock was born and reared in New York City where she went to elementary and junior high schools.
Michanna Talley is a general practice attorney in the Upstate of South Carolina with her practice currently largely made up of criminal defense and family law cases.
Deborah Randolph McKetty is the founding President and CEO of Community Works Carolina, a non-profit financial organization committed to building a brighter future for underserved families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing.
Dr. Matteel Jones is currently Vice President for Student Services at Greenville Technical College. She creates strong relationships with the student body, college employees, and community leaders and inspires those around her to not accept the status quo but to continue the effort of making her community a better place.
Donnie B. Blackley is the first full-time African American District Summary Court Judge in Spartanburg County.  He has been a District Summary Court
Judge since 1995, serving 19 years in Greer, S.C., and most recently at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.
Mr. Steve Watson and his wife founded New Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1991. The ministry started at an old night club in the Sunnyside community with only four members including his wife, himself and two sons. Soon they out grew the night club.
Brittney Brackett is CEO of b dynamic! Productions, and has authored three children’s books since 2011. Her acting career includes past roles in feature and short films, industrials, web-series, radio and television commercials, cartoons and voiced four children's books in the Greenville, Charlotte, and Georgia markets.
Tito faced challenges early on in life when his mother died when he was only two years old. Raised by his grandparents, he quickly learned the value of serving in the community. His grandparents raised him and his six siblings.
Attorney Fletcher N. Smith, Jr., grew up in South Carolina, attending school in the Cherokee County Public education system before graduating from Wofford College and the University of South Carolina.
Lou Landrum Sartor left Spartanburg County Department of Social Services thirteen years ago to become the Executive Director of Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. Her mission in life has always been to help those that needed to be lifted up.
Robert Hoefer is an Upstate singer, songwriter, producer, publisher, motivator, innovator, and business owner with a long and varied career in the music industry.
Curtis "Giggie" Thompson was the Sterling High School president - class of 1949 - and graduated Allen University in Columbia, S.C.
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Shirley Y. Jenkins was elected as the first African-American female to Clinton City Council in 1994.
Davida Mathis has practiced law in Greenville, S.C., for 25 years.
In 1968, the late Willie and Martha Lee Belton gave birth to their eleventh child, the Rev. Walter R. Belton.
Hope Blackley is a graduate of Spartanburg County District Six schools and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University.
Jessica Sharp is the Program Director at the Teen Services Branch of the YMCA of Greenville. She is the Director of the YMCA Teen Achievers program—a college-readiness program that strives to help its participants achieve post-secondary education
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