Marion County Board of Education Chairwoman Cynthia Legette distributed copies Congressman Jim Clyburn’s memoir Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The books are gift to all three high schools in Marion County.
Published last year, Clyburn shares tales of his humble beginnings in Sumter 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.”
“We are pleased to accept this generous gift for our libraries,” Marion High School Principal Dr. Nathaniel Nelson said. “Mr. Clyburn’s story is an inspiration as I’m sure the students who read this book will see.”
“We appreciate the thoughtfulness of our board chair,” Marion County School District Superintendent Dan Strickland said. “Embellishing our library media centers with books that carry the stories of success is yet another way we educate our students.”