On July 17, 1990, The South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE) held its first meeting. Its founding members were:
Lemeul Stephens, President
Odell Stuckey, Vice President
Betty Lesane, Recording Secretary
Gwen Smith, Corresponding Secretary
Joe Rice, Treasurer
Margie Pearson-Jackson, Historian/Parliamentarian*
The mission of the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators is to ensure a high quality education for all children, in particular African-American children, by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American professionals and influencing public policy.
- To improve the academic achievement of all children.
- To recruit persons to education as a career.
- To distribute information about career opportunities.
- To share ideas about effective educational programs and techniques.
- To influence public policy as it relates to educational issues.
Membership is open to any person associated with educational work or supportive of education. Students may also be members.
1990-1992 Mr. Lemeul Stephens
1992-1994 Mr. Odell Stuckey
1994-1996 Dr. Aretha Pigford
1996-1998 Dr. Sanita Savage Frazier
1998-2000 Dr. Jerlean P. Holmes
2000-2001 Dr. Secaida Howell
2001-2004 Dr. Zona W. Jefferson
2004-2006 Dr. Teresa L. Pope
2006-2006 Mr. Al Butler
2006-2010 Ms. Bertha M. Timmons
2010-2012 Dr. Johnelle Sherald
2012-2014 Mr. Nathaniel Haynes, Jr.
2014-2016 Mrs. Marlene Williams
2016-2018 Mrs. Janette Williams
2018-2020 Dr. Myrtis B. Walker
2020-2022 Dr. Liana Calloway
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS
1995 Dr. Sanita Savage Frazier
1996 Mr. Lemeul Stephens
1997 Mrs. Rhittie Gettone
1998 Ms. Yvette McDaniel
1999 Dr. Aretha Pigford
2000 Ms. Ida Tyler
2001 Dr. Zona W. Jefferson
2002 Ms. Bertha Timmons
2002 Ms. Belinda Johnson
2003 Mrs. Marlene Williams
2004 Mr. Walter L. Good
2005 Dr. Myrtis Brightharp-Walker
2006 Mr. John Robinson and Mr. Al Butler
2007 Dr. Johnelle Sherald
2008 Mr. Nathaniel Haynes, Jr
2009 Dr. Gwendolyn Johnson
2010 Mrs. Noella Ferguson
2011 Mrs. Pamela Rhodes
2012 Mrs. Janette Williams
2013 Mrs. Marlene Williams
2014 Mr. Kerry Abel
2015 Ms. Elizabeth Burgess
2016 Dr. Julia Boyd
2017 Ms. Cynthia Johnson
2018 Ms. Ida Tyler
2019 Mrs. Sundra Proctor-Smith
2020 Dr. Teresa L. Pope
2021 Vanessa Harkless
A Salute to our Founders
Thirty-two years later…
Sparked with such fervor and passion in 1988 after attending his second National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) conference, and being astounded and fascinated by the relevance of the workshops, the pedigree of the speakers and the work ethic of the conferees, Lemeul Stephens began to discuss with a few of his colleagues the need for a South Carolina Affiliate to NABSE. As a result of such collegial discussions, the inception of SCABSE began to materialize. During the summer of 1989, Lemeul was granted permission by his office director, at the South Carolina Department of Education, to pitch the formation of an affiliate at the State Superintendent’s Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From this presentation and from a few other interested colleagues, a core group was formed and began to meet at the Department of Education. The heart of this group was comprised of the following persons; Alfred Butler (Deceased), Freddie Davy (Deceased), Bettye Lesane, Gwen Smith, Joseph Watson, Joseph Rice, Odell Stuckey, and William Gunn.
After completing the NABSE application and filing with the South Carolina Secretary of State, the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators was incorporated December 20, 1990. The following persons met the conditions established by the core group and are duly acknowledged as CHARTER members of SCABSE: Lemeul Stephens, President; Odell Stuckey, Vice President; Betty Lesane, Recording Secretary; Gwen Smith, Corresponding Secretary; Joe Rice-Treasurer and Margie Pearson-Jackson (Deceased), Historian and Parliamentarian. At-Large members included, Vivian Brackett, Al Butler (Deceased), Freddye Davy (Deceased), William Gunn, Betty Gunter, Marjorie McIver, Pat Phillips, Aretha Pigford, Wallace Richardson, Jackie Stanley, Malinda Taylor, Joe Watson and Steve Wilson.
Since its beginning, SCABSE has significantly increased its membership and has been able to generate the support of the business community as well as educational and governmental leaders throughout South Carolina and some parts of North Carolina and Georgia.
SCABSE continues to serve as a foundation that provides a vision for all persons who are interested in the education of African-American youth. The organization is committed to recruiting and training teachers, administrators and educational support personnel. SCABSE is also committed to providing a forum for sharing knowledge related to educational issues affecting South Carolina’s African-Americans. Because of the vision and dedication of its founders, the strong leadership, commitment and devotion of its officers (past and present) and its members, SCABSE continues to rally for causes that improve and equalize educational quality. These causes are championed via the annual SCABSE Winter Conference, the Satellite Alliances, workshops, and professional development opportunities.
With utmost gratitude, The South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators applauds its founders for their passion and vision for realizing the need to organize a group of dedicated professionals committed to being advocates for quality education for all children in South Carolina. Your generosity, perseverance, continued support and guidance are duly noted and we “SALUTE” you.
SCABSE is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)