James Bouknight, MD, PhD (pronouns: He/His), white psychiatrist, speaks of growing up, family life, education and his personal and professional life. Born into a "close and loving family" in rural South Carolina, he grew up on a farm worked by others, his parents being teachers, and his maternal grandparents being a very supportive presence. He always knew he "wasn't like other kids", wasn't athletic, but excelled in school, attending Bishopville High School, as it was being integrated, calling off the junior senior. Aware of a flamboyant gay youth at school, and a gay man who was available for sex in Bishopville, Bouknight did not identify with them and was glad to start dating women when he attended Wofford, the fourth generation of his family to do so. Attending graduate school at Duke University was not a positive experience so Bouknight switched to the University of South Carolina where he had his first relationship with a man and earned his PhD in economics. He considers that relationship a "bad influence" since the man was closeted and engaged to be married. Bouknight then taught at Converse College, in an era when dating between professors and students was encouraged; he married the president of the student body, and their married life began well. He moved into the private sector and eventually became Chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Columbia College and his wife began law school. With time on his hands, Bouknight, keeping fit, began attending the YMCA in Columbia, SC, discovering it had an active gay scene, and his wife, learning of an affair he had with a man, demanded a divorce. It was a difficult time, leading to depression and financial straits. Finding a niche with happy, well-adjusted gay men in Columbia was a positive experience, and Bouknight began a relationship with Bob Stutts, another professor at Columbia College. At age thirty-five, he decided to enter medical school, realizing that the poor medical care his mother had received had led to her death. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, was out, and was friends with many other gay medical students. He did his residency in psychiatry at the Department of Mental Health in Columbia, SC, founding and running an AIDS support group; he eventually worked for a hospital and had a private practice, including many LGBTQ patients. When his relationship with Bob Stutts ended, he met Ramsey Still, whom he married in Maryland in 2013. He became board certified in geriatric psychiatry, one of the first in the state, and now, semi-retired, lives with his husband in Charleston, SC. At the end of the interview, Bouknight speaks of the illness and eventual death of his medical school friend, Olin Jolley, MD, of AIDS, and how those who are ill and dying are often put in the unfair position of taking care of those who visit them.
Samuel Cooper (pronouns: He/His) discusses his upbringing, life history and beliefs, focusing often on the topic of being a gay African American man of faith. When his father, minister of Centenary Methodist Church, Charleston, SC, joined the military to become a chaplain, Cooper and his family began a peripatetic life that took them to various bases in this country and in Germany. Knowing early he was gay, seeing his homosexuality as a "gift," Cooper nevertheless suppressed it, eventually coming out to his family who accepted him, partially, he believes, due to his father having had counseled many LGBTQ men and women in the military. He notes both the benefits and liabilities of being Black and of being gay and describes an episode of crisis at Clemson University. A homophobic comment by a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes prompted him to leave that group, come out, join, and become an officer of Clemson's LGBTQ organization, the Lambda Society. He faced near dismissal from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law for being an advocate of LGBTQ visibility, and later in the interview he discusses the impacts racial prejudice, both Black and white, and homophobia, can have on clients he represents as a personal injury attorney. In his return to South Carolina working briefly in the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's office, he traveled the state; Cooper, throughout the interview, gives many details of various bars in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Charleston, describing their appearance and layout and the groups attending them. Once relocated permanently to Charleston, SC, he attended the Metropolitan Community Church and its off shoot, Open Door. He discusses his relationship with his husband, Stavely Edgar, recounts some failed homophobic attacks against him, and notes little or no pushback against Edgar and himself as an interracial couple. He speaks of his religious faith, the Black church, his opinion of historically black colleges possibly limiting experiences for their students, and the threats menacing minorities and democracy due to the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
Correspondence from Stephen Hoffius, Director of Publications for the South Carolina Historical Society, to Cleveland Sellers regarding Grace Jordan McFadden interviews with Civil Rights movement participants.
Correspondence from H. A. Larson, Division Director for the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, to Charleston Branch of the NAACP regarding the recipient's contribution account having been classified as "inactive" as of March 31, 1993. Enclosed South Carolina Employment Security Commission forms.
Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to C. W. Stevenson, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Holiday Inn, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to J. Ruckstuhly, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Marriott Hotel, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to Gary Tucker, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Ramada Inn, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Dr. W. F. Gibson, President of the South Carolina Conference of Branches of the NAACP, to Dwight C. James congratulating the recipient on his being elected as 5th Vice President of the South Carolina Conference of Branches of the NAACP.
Correspondence from Cheryl Thompson, System Vice President of Intercultural Affairs and Professional Development at the University of South Carolina, to Septima P. Clark thanking Clark for "taking time to share some of the history of Charleston with the Elderhostels."
Correspondence from Wallace Brown, Director for the State of South Carolina Office of the Governor, to Dolores S. Greene, Project Director for the Peters Field Human Services Corporation, Inc., regarding Peters Field Human Services Corporation expenses.
Correspondence from William Saunders, Executive Director for COBRA, to Jan Burns, Contract Services Specialist of the S. C. Department of Social Services, regarding housing assistance services for the Fiscal Year: July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
Correspondence from William Saunders, Executive Director for COBRA, to Jan Cooke, Contract Services Consultant of the S. C. Department of Social Services, regarding housing assistance services for the Fiscal Year: July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.