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Benedict College to Host Book Signing, Reception For Congressman James Clyburn October 8

bc_events_book_signing_20140923_james_clyburn_blessed_experiences_coverColumbia, SC -- September 22, 2014 -- The Honorable James Clyburn, (D) South Carolina, 6th Congressional District, will visit Benedict College on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 for a book signing of his memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The book signing and reception in his honor will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the David H. Swinton Campus Center, 1616 Oak Street. This event is free and open to the public and is one in a series of events commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of Dr. David H. Swinton as President and CEO of Benedict College.

From his humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina, to his prominence on the Washington, D.C., political scene as the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn has led an extraordinary life. In Blessed Experiences, Clyburn tells in his own inspirational words how an African American boy from the Jim Crow–era South was able to beat the odds to achieve great success and become, as President Barack Obama describes him, "one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." Clyburn will be greeting attendees and autographing copies of his book, which will be available on site for $37.00.

Dr. David H. Swinton, President of Benedict College stated, "Congressman James Clyburn is a political champion for education. His voting record in the United States Congress is evidence of his action-oriented leadership. We are honored to have Congressman Clyburn at Benedict College to share his life experiences. Congressman Clyburn has garnered the highest respect from President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues. It is noteworthy that he is reputed to be one of a few representatives that when he speaks everyone listens. We honored to have him on our campus."


Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. Benedict College was recently ranked for the third consecutive year one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility among low-income students, producing cutting edge scholarship and research. In 2014, Benedict received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the Center of Engineering and Science. In 2011, Benedict College received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center. Benedict is recognized for encouraging students to give back to the community, which is the heart of the College's vision and mission. Benedict also was named one of the top 100 institutions in the nation graduating African-American scholars by Diverse Magazine. Dr. David H. Swinton is the thirteenth president of Benedict College. Since Dr. Swinton's appointment in 1994, the College has experienced a dramatic increase in its enrollment, particularly among male students. As a result of this tremendous growth, Benedict has the second largest undergraduate population of the 20 private institutions in South Carolina, and has become the third largest college in The College Fund/UNCF network. Benedict has over 15,000 alumni throughout South Carolina and the United States. The College has been "a power for good" in the community for over 145 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of $106.7 million.

For more information about this event or to confirm your attendance, please contact Vareva Harris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 803-705-4651 or


Kymm Hunter, Communications and Marketing Director; 803.705.4519
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm