Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 4863Primary Sponsor: CantyType of Legislation: HRSubject: McCain, Mr. James T.Date Bill Passed both Bodies: May 19, 1992Computer Document Number: NO5/8608.BDIntroduced Date: May 19, 1992Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: May 19, 1992Last History Type: Introduced, adoptedScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Canty Baxley G. Brown McElveen McLeodType of Legislation: House Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 4863 House May 19, 1992 Introduced, adoptedView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO RECOGNIZE MR. JAMES T. MCCAIN OF SUMTER UPON RECEIVING THE "OUTSTANDING OLDER SOUTH CAROLINIAN AWARD" FOR 1992 BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION ON AGING.
Whereas, Mr. James T. McCain of Sumter has received the "Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award" for 1992 given by the South Carolina Commission on Aging; and
Whereas, he graduated from Lincoln High School and received a B.A. from Morris College and a M.E. from Temple University. Mr. McCain also did post-graduate work toward a doctoral degree at Temple University; and
Whereas, before his retirement, as an educator, Mr. McCain served as a teacher, high school principal, college professor, registrar, and college dean. In a nationwide classroom teacher-of-the-year contest, he was named runner-up; and
Whereas, although his major accomplishments extend far beyond his local community and his expertise is still sought at the state and national level, Mr. McCain continues to devote himself to many local organizations. He has served or currently is serving on the following boards: L. Arthur O'Neal Foundation; Sumter Area Boys Club of the Salvation Army; Sumter County Council on Aging/Santee Senior Services (charter member and continuous benefactor); Sumter Wateree Rural Transit Authority; Sumter City-County Planning Commission; Wateree Community Action Agency; Board of Trustees and Budget Director of Mt. Zion Baptist Church; first president and founding member of the Sumter Branch of the NAACP; and Sumter Black Political Caucus; and
Whereas, his many honors include: Sumter Sports Hall of Fame; Morris College Hall of Fame; special honors from Temple University; Wateree Headstart Volunteer 1962-1975; and Transportation Association of South Carolina Achievement Award; and
Whereas, in 1975 Mr. McCain was inducted into the South Carolinian Society. He has contributed hundreds of original manuscripts of the civil rights movement covering the period of 1957-1971 to the South Caroliniana Library. He is also the coauthor of the book Political Strength: How to Get It: A Guide to Effective Community Action; and
Whereas, it has been said that history will record the courageous accomplishments of Mr. McCain during the formative and stormy years of the civil rights movement. He has been remembered as a voice of calm and reason, a negotiator, and a peacemaker who commanded the respect of both races during this turbulent time; and
Whereas, in 1955 when he had been barred from teaching because of his affiliation with the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) recruited him as their field secretary. He was the focal point of CORE's move into national prominence, and his work for the organization helped it gain national stature. He moved the organization into the deep South with the mission to "eliminate discrimination on all levels"; and
Whereas, Mr. McCain was a leader in the sit-ins and freedom rides of the 1960's. As field secretary and later director of the organization, he was in charge of many idealistic volunteers, both black and white. Three youthful followers paid for their ideals with their life, an incident that affected him profoundly. These three young college students were James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner who were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi; and
Whereas, shortly after CORE changed its biracial, nonviolent, direct action thrust in 1965, he left the organization and became Director of the Scholarship, Education, Defense Fund for Racial Equality with the primary goal to elevate the economic and political status of African-Americans; and
Whereas, Mr. McCain was instrumental in the filing and resolution of two landmark lawsuits: in 1945, Thomas vs. Gibbs, to gain equalization of teacher salaries for blacks and whites; and in 1949, Baskins vs. Brown, the South Carolina Primary Voting suit; and
Whereas, his state affiliations include: South Carolina Council on Human Relations; South Carolina Economic Opportunity Board; Palmetto Education Association; and Governor's Council on Human Affairs in South Carolina; and
Whereas, Mr. McCain was selected by Southern Bell for inclusion in their 1991 calendar of African-American Role Models. As noted in his nomination for outstanding older South Carolinians: "During the most active years of the civil rights movement, when some leaders chose flamboyant, high-profile personas, Mr. McCain led with an elegant, modest dignity, applying reason and persuasion to accomplish his mission. Although his name may not be as well known, because of his quiet, unassuming demeanor, to those who have followed the movement, both black and white, he commands infinite respect. Young activists today are influenced by his achievements, and he serves as a role model to those who would continue his quest for human rights and political and economic equity. By his own statement, he admonishes young people to `aspire for excellence and to stop wasting so much time on unessential things'. He has discouraged would-be biographers, but his leadership and achievements have not gone unnoticed. Historians will mark his place in the history of this period, and future generations will study his remarkable courage and leadership"; and
Whereas, James T. McCain's accomplishments and contributions to his native Sumter, to South Carolina, and to the Nation span many decades, and he actively continues his lifelong service to his community and state. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives recognize Mr. James T. McCain of Sumter upon receiving the "Outstanding Older South Carolinian Award" for 1992 by the South Carolina Commission on Aging.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. McCain.