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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Executive
Newspaper Publishing Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni, Cheese, Collard Greens, Rice, Cornbread, Sweet Tea, Baked Turkey Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Chicago
Favorite Quote:
Stay Here Until I Get Back.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1952
Birth Location:
Saint Matthews, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Executive
Newspaper Publishing Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni, Cheese, Collard Greens, Rice, Cornbread, Sweet Tea, Baked Turkey Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Chicago
Favorite Quote:
Stay Here Until I Get Back.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1952
Birth Location:
Saint Matthews
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Biography

Marketing executive and newspaper publishing executive Melvin Hart was born on January 7, 1952 to Cleola Kimpson Hart, a homemaker and Furman “Toot” Hart. Furman is a World War II veteran, former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and one of the founders of the local branch of the NAACP in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Hart attended Guinyard, a segregated African American elementary school. When he reached the eighth grade, Hart became one of a small group of African American students to integrate Saint Matthews High School. In 1970, Hart was one of five African Americans, out of a class of approximately seventy-five students, to graduate from St. Matthews.

Hart was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for South Carolina Black Media Group, publisher of Columbia, South Carolina's African American newspaper, "Black News." As manager and director of marketing at the organization, Hart worked to ensure that the information needs of the African American population in South Carolina were met. Black News, a weekly publication, serves South Carolina’s forty-six counties, including rural, suburban and metropolitan areas.

Active in his church and community, Hart was re-appointed to the Historic Columbia Foundation Board of Trustees for 2005 and 2006, his second term.

Melvin Hart was interviewed by the HistoryMakers on July 14, 2005

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Melvin Hart's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Melvin Hart lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Melvin Hart describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Melvin Hart describes his parents' hometown of St. Matthew, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Melvin Hart describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Melvin Hart describes his father's family farm and his father's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Melvin Hart describes how his parents met and their childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Melvin Hart describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Melvin Hart describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Melvin Hart describes his elementary and high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Melvin Hart describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Melvin Hart describes his childhood activities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Melvin Hart describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Melvin Hart describes his childhood activities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Melvin Hart describes his elementary and high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Melvin Hart remembers his elementary and high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Melvin Hart remembers South Carolina educator John Ford
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Melvin Hart describes integrating Saint Matthews High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Melvin Hart recalls the public outrage over school integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Melvin Hart describes his father's involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Melvin Hart remembers SNCC and reading newspapers in his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Melvin Hart recalls playing sports at Saint Matthews High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Melvin Hart describes the racial tension at his integrated high school