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The Honorable Lucille Whipper

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Administrator
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1928
Birth Location:
Charleston, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Administrator
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/6/1928
Birth Location:
Charleston
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Biography

Academic administrator and state government administrator Lucille Simmons Whipper was born on June 6, 1928 in Charleston, South Carolina, to Sarah and Joseph Simmons. In 1944, Whipper was a student activist at her high school, Avery Institute, in Charleston, South Carolina; her graduating class sought to desegregate the College of Charleston. While a student at Talladega College, where she received her B.A. degree in economics and sociology, Whipper became involved in a movement to integrate college student organizations throughout the state. Whipper continued her graduate education in political science at the University of Chicago where she received her M.A. degree. Whipper also later earned a certificate in guidance and counseling at South Carolina State University.

In the late 1960s, Whipper served as an organizer and director of Operation Catch-Up, a tutorial program for high school students; Operation Catch-Up was a forerunner of the Upward Bound programs. In 1972, Whipper was appointed to serve as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Human Relations at the College of Charleston. Whipper became the College’s first African American administrator and developed its first affirmative action plan. With the support of members of the Charleston County delegation and the President of College of Charleston, Theodore Stern, Whipper organized the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture committee. The committee then founded the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in 1990.

Whipper served as vice chairman of the Democratic Party Convention in 1972 and was later elected to the Charleston District 20 School Board. In 1985, Whipper became the first African American female to serve as an elected state official from the Tri-County area. Whipper served for years on South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and sponsored two important pieces of legislation — one making marital rape a crime and the other requiring the monitoring of state agencies' hiring goals for minorities and females. In 2004, Whipper co-founded the Lowcountry Aid to Africa project, donating money to foundations and organizations helping people and families in Africa affected by AIDS.

Lucille Simmons Whipper was married to the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Whipper, Sr., and lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. She is the mother of six children and is a grandparent.

Lucille Simmons Whipper was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 1, 2007.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers St. Stephen's Episcopal Church School in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes the Buist School in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her experiences in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes the color discrimination at the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers her mentors at the Avery Normal Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers discrimination at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls joining Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her early civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her social life at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers her husband, Stephen Edley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers attending the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls teaching at the Haut Gap School on Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her husband, Benjamin Whipper, Sr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper talks about the Gullah language
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper talks about racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers the birth of her daughter
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her challenges at Bonds-Wilson High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers school segregation in South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes Operation Catch-Up
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her position at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers Margaretta Pringle Childs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her efforts to preserve the Avery Normal Institute, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her efforts to preserve the Avery Normal Institute, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her first elected office
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls serving on the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls her challenges as a legislator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper remembers the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper talks about gerrymandering
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her decision not to seek reelection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper recalls mentoring David J. Mack, III
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her work with The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper describes her presidency of the state women's Baptist convention
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper share a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lucille Whipper narrates her photographs