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Celebrating Altruism

The vision of the Year of Altruism is to inspire our community towards acts of kindness by elevating and celebrating examples of men and women giving of themselves for the greater good of those around them. We invite you to explore our Share Board. CAUTION: The stories on this board may evoke laughter and tears, and may just inspire you to act.

If you have something inspirational you would like to share, please do. We invite you to click here to submit your story.

Upcountry History Museum-Furman University: Lunchtime Lecture

Dr. Cynthia King of Furman University leads a lunchtime lecture and discussion on the turbulent historical context of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The lecture took place on the 50th anniversary of the speech given during the March on Washington in 1963.
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One Voice: A Black History Narrative

Jeremiah Dew takes the stage at Greenville Little Theatre for an exceptional narrative highlighting orations from some of America’s most influential black leaders, including Frederick Douglas and Barack Obama.

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The Spirit of '45 Commemorative Event

Presented by the Travelers Rest Historic Society, the Spirit of '45 commemorative event honors veterans of World War II and celebrates the accomplishments of our “greatest generation.”

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50th Anniversary of MLK Speech

The Greenville Community along with a broad selection of community leaders gathered at Cleveland Park on Saturday, August 24th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, honor the lives of those lost to violence and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream speech.

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YOA Opening Convocation Features Congressman James Clyburn

Now is the time to affect positive change in your community.That was the message that Congressman James Clyburn shared with an audience for the kickoff of the Year of Altruism at the West End Development Center on Monday, August 19.

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The Lemonade Stand Campaign

Some may say a Lemonade Stand is far too simple a concept to demonstrate the true meaning of altruism. We beg to differ. Through one family's vision to "make a stand" for orphans, they inspired over 200 families to join them and began to plant seeds in a generation of children who are learning to live thinking of others.
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A 50-Year Retrospective of Peterson v. Greenville

On Monday, May 20th, the Upcountry History Museum, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the court case that desegregated lunch counters - Peterson v. Greenville. Led by Dr. Courtney Tollison, the program highlighted the impact of this case on the national civil rights movement and on race relations locally and beyond. The lecture detailed events that occurred on Greenville's Main Street, the arrests from the summer of 1960, and the subsequent legal challenges ultimately resolved by the United States Supreme Court on May 20, 1963.
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June 28th Press Conference Unveils The Year of Altruism

The Year of Altruism leadership along with community dignitaries officially unveiled the organization, its mission, and the corresponding series of engaging and celebratory events planned to promote altruism.

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Misha, Role Model, Mother of the Year, Hero


Eighteen months ago, Misha was a working single mother. She cared for her one child, a beautiful, smart third grade daughter. Today, she unselfishly gives day-in and day-out to take care of her three nephews, one of whom was diagnosed with T-Cell Leukemia. She's a role model, a mother of the year, and a local hero. A shining example of altruism!

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National Day of Prayer: Interfaith Service

As a precursor to The Year of Altruism, people of all faiths came together for an interfaith prayer service on Thursday, May 2 at the Monastery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest. Those gathered prayed for peace, justice, and a successful Year of Altruism.

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