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Reverend Joseph Darby

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
We'll Work It Out.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1951
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
We'll Work It Out.

Birthplace

Born:
8/7/1951
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Reverend Joseph Anthom Darby, Jr., was born on August 7, 1951, in Columbia, South Carolina, to Eloise and Joseph A. Darby, Sr. Darby was raised in the Wheeler Hill community of Columbia, South Carolina. An excellent student, Darby attended Booker T. Washington High School where he was in the honor society and was elected class president; he graduated in 1969 and enrolled in South Carolina State University. Darby transferred to the University of South Carolina and received his B.A. degree in sociology in 1973.

Darby held positions as an adult eligibility worker for the Department of Public Welfare and an employment counselor for a youth opportunity program. Darby was a juvenile probation counselor for thirteen years for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

Darby was called to the ministry and prepared himself by attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; he was a fourth generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1998, Darby became the Senior Pastor of Morris Brown A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, which had the largest congregation in the Seventh Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. He later became the Presiding Elder of the Beaufort (SC) District of the A.M.E. Church.

Darby formerly served as President of both the Greater Columbia Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the Greater Columbia Interfaith Clergy Association. Darby also served as a board member of the Family Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s Drug Court Program; a member of the State Superintendent of Education's African-American Achievement Committee; a member of the Racial Cultural Advisory Council of the South Carolina School Boards Association; and a member of the Daniel J. Jenkins Institute for Children. Darby was also a board member for the Reid House of Christian Service and was the former first Vice-President of the South Carolina Conference of Branches of the NAACP.

Darby’s numerous honors and awards include a Top Achiever Award in the 1993 South Carolina Black Male Showcase, and South Carolina Business Vision magazine’s 1997 South Carolina’s 25 Most Influential African Americans Award.

Darby was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 3, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his summer activities in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers Florence C. Benson Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his early education in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby reflects upon desegregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his activities at Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes figures from the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers his high school trip to Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls divisions in the African American community of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers his high school trip to Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his experiences in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers his religious conversion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about the African Methodist Episcopal tradition
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the importance of African American churches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his decision to attend South Carolina State Collegein Orangeburg
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers South Carolina State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers the University of South Carolina in Columbia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his experiences of discrimination in South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls meeting his wife, Mary Bright Darby
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his career in social work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his experiences as a social worker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls pastoring Piney Grove A.M.E. Church in Gaston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his ministry at Pine Grove A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls becoming an African Methodist Episcopal minister
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Joseph Darby remembers his trial sermon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his outreach programs at St. Phillip A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about Christian denominations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby recalls his assignment to Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the history of Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the governance of the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes community outreach at Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the perception of AIDS in the church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes the church's response to AIDS
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about the prosperity gospel, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about advocacy in the church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about the prosperity gospel, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about the finances of Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about tithing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about the role of women in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about class discrimination in Charleston, South Caroline
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his political activism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Joseph Darby talks about President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Joseph Darby reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Reverend Joseph Darby describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Joseph Darby narrates his photographs