The recipient of the 2nd annual Ruth Wright Johnson Award went to Ms. Mahogany Setzer a senior at the York Comprehensive High School. Mahogany excelled not only in academics with a 3.5 GPA but in athletics as well where she starred as a basketball, soccer and softball talent. This fall she will be attending Pfeiffer […]
WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE FOLLOWING:
ALICE WRIGHT SMITH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Create cultural media for public consumption – In the long term, we hope to develop film version/s of original works of art, which will be archived and available to the public in the Alice Wright Smith Historical Museum. (See newspaper clipping).
RESEARCH & PUBLISHING
Conduct research and publish writings related thereto – We plan to update the book, “Blackways of Kent”, a sociological study that was written about our town and family to support the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. the Board. This book is often featured in the summer festival that is annually held in the City of York, South Carolina.
Restore historical sites – Together with the York County Museum and local Boy Scouts of America troops, we will inventory and clean area African-American cemeteries. This will also lead to re-claiming much of the history of the County.
ESTABLISH TEMPLATES FOR RECORDING THE HISTORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS
Generate publicity encouraging the formation of family foundations as a means of recording the history of African-Americans – We are interested in replicating our efforts in other families who wish to re-capture their history and plan to provide technical assistance without charge to interested persons.
PARTNERSHIP & PRESERVATION
Liaise with the York County Cultural Heritage Foundation to develop expertise in historical preservation – Discussions are currently underway regarding ways to assist the York County Cultural and Heritage Commission to reach the African American community within its jurisdiction.
WRIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION NEWS:
BY ANDREW DYS firstname.lastname@example.org Ruth Johnson, an English teacher and activist for racial equality in western York County for decades, and mother of award-winning writer/director Charles Randolph-Wright, died Thursday. She was 85. Johnson taught for years at the segregated Jefferson School in York, then at York Comprehensive High School after schools were integrated. During all […]
By Andrew Dys, columnist – email@example.com Longtime York funeral home owner Isaac “Ike” Wright died early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 65. Wright has run Wright Funeral Home, now in its 100th year, as his family’s business and the city’s oldest black-owned company. He was far more than a businessman, […]