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Mr. James L. Felder

Jim Felder

Jim Felder, a native of Sumter, has been involved in voter registration and education in South Carolina since 1967.  He was one of three blacks elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1970, becoming the first to serve since Reconstruction.  His first book, I Buried John F. Kennedy, reveals the role he played in the funeral of President Kennedy in 1963. 

His second book, Civil Rights In South Carolina, tells the stories of sit-ins, integration of state universities, movements in various communities, major legal rulings that ended forced segregation and election of black judges.  This is the first comprehensive history of South Carolina’s civil rights struggles. His recent book, The Making Of AN AME Bishop, decribes the process of becoming a Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. One of his students was State Senator Clementa Pinckney who was killed in the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Howard University School of law.  He has taught at Allen University, Benedict College and Voorhees College.  He has lectured on the campuses of more than 45 colleges and universities.      

Presently, he serves as president of the South Carolina Voter Education Project.           

He is a life member of the NAACP and a 56 year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.        

He is Steward Pro Tem at Union Station AME Church.         

Jim Felder lives in Columbia, South Carolina.  He has two children, Jimmy and Adrienne, a son-in-law, Lance Wright, Sr. and two grandsons, Lance II and Sean.