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:: About Donald Sweeper ::

Donald Sweeper was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and grew up in the small town of Eutawville, which is in the Low Country. Mr. Sweeper has taught at the elementary and middle school levels at both public and private schools in South Carolina. He does performances of famous African Americans to enhance the knowledge of students and adults. His reenactments of Congressman Robert Smalls (1839-1915) and Dr. Ernest Everett Just (1883-1941) have received notable critical acclaim. He has done performances at major events such as the National Black Arts Festival (Auburn Ave Research Library) Atlanta, Georgia; the National Marine Educators Conferences Portland, Maine; Monterey, California; Gatlinburg; Tennessee, and Savannah, Georgia.

Donald Sweeper

Mr. Donald Sweeper

Rice, Slavery, Gullah Historian

He does yearly performances at the Richland County Public Library usually during February (Black History Month). Mr. Sweeper is also a Rice, Slavery and Gullah historian. He brings alive the Gullah culture from a personal perspective while performing. Mr. Sweeper is a member of the South Carolina Marine Educators Association, the National Marine Educators Association and a past board member of the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. He is a graduate of Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina. Mr. Sweeper is part of the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Organization (COSEE) which is undergirded by the South Carolina Sea Grant College, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Through COSEE, he has participated as a master teacher at the summer institutes in which teachers, educators and scientist from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia attend workshops to learn how to integrate standard based marine and ocean related science into their lesson plans. Mr. Sweeper and his wife Deloris reside in Columbia, South Carolina. They are the parents of two adult sons and three grandsons.

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