NAACP state chapter President Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr. will speak during a Saturday ceremony honoring Cheraw civil rights leader Levi G. Byrd, local leaders announced this week.
Levi G. Byrd Day will be observed at 3 p.m. Saturday at G.W. Presbyterian Church, 312 Second St. in Cheraw. Randolph will serve as guest speaker for the event.
Byrd is a founding members of the Cheraw branch of the NAACP. He’s been recognized by many NAACP activists of earlier generations, but organizers say he is seldom included as a prominent figure in the African-American struggle for civil rights in South Carolina. Byrd’s life and activism reflect the course of the black civil rights struggle in South Carolina in the 20th century.
His contribution to this community has not only improved life for African-Americans; it has open doors and provided endless opportunities for our children, local NAACP leaders said.
The town of Cheraw held its first Levi G. Byrd Day on Dec. 21, 1971, and organizers are inviting the community to celebrate Byrd’s many accomplishments.
To RSVP, contact Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon, community development chairwoman, at 843-537-5593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cheraw chapter of the NAACP provided information for this story.