Date of Award

5-1-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Josephine Bradlev

Second Advisor

Dr. K.B.S. Barrow

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Askew

Abstract

This historical narrative examined the impact of institutional and individual racism during the Post Civil Rights Era by analyzing the life and work of minister, businessman, and educator, Reverend Harry H. Singleton, II of Horry County. South Carolina. Special attention was given to Singleton’s role in the integration of Horry County Public Schools. the Conway High School football boycott, and his work as a civil rights leader with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Further, incidents in Singleton’s life and career as a civil rights activist reflect the legal support of district courts in South Carolina. particularly in the case of Harry H. Singleton v. Horry County Board of Education. Based on the research, Singleton’s life is reflective of an African-American leader whose contributions to race relations on the grassroots level was indicative of his life experiences growing up in Edgefield. South Carolina and his commitment to correcting racism in Horry County, South Carolina from 1965 to 2005.

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