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The Columbia Urban League (CULSC) will resume its Annual Young & Gifted Awards Ceremony in person, recognizing over 1,200 African American high school seniors on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

In its 37th year, the Young & Gifted Awards Ceremony will celebrate Black History Month with a tribute to young African American students from Allendale, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Richland, and Sumter counties. This year’s theme is “Achievement Matters.” Honoring seniors who excelled in academics, the arts, leadership, technology, and athletics, this program is the largest across the state that celebrates African American achievement.

Additionally, this Ceremony SPOTLIGHTS those seniors who have received special recognition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Mr. James T. McLawhorn, Jr., president, and CEO of the Columbia Urban League, Inc. said, that “since 1986, over twenty thousand student achievers have been recognized. This recognition is a confidence enhancer for these achievers as they navigate through life challenges. Also, it recognizes the contribution and importance of the village including parental /family, teachers, and community stakeholders’ support to youth achievement.”

The event will be held at Brookland Baptist Church, located at 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169, on Saturday, February 25, beginning at noon. The Columbia Urban League, Inc. is a multi-service, non-profit agency that promotes financial stability and racial inclusion in our community. The Columbia Urban League offers programs designed to provide economic empowerment and educational opportunities for those in need.


For more information about the Columbia Urban League and its programs, please visit our website at or by phone at 803-799-8150.

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