Who We Are

We are the African-American Caucus of the SC Democratic Party, and we support issues important to the African-American community. The Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina-Greenville Chapter works to obtain equitable political power, and increase diversity in party leadership, by supporting increased recruitment of qualified African-American precinct officers and candidates.

Our Goals: We seek to strengthen the African-American community’s position in the Democratic Party through encouraging precinct officers participation in County and State conventions, increasing the number of African-American electorates, and promoting a 10-Point Black Agenda that addresses Economic Justice, Education, Voting Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform.

Public, General Membership Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. At this time, all meetings are virtual and invitation links are sent via email, prior.  For an invitation link or a meeting agenda, email Secretary Whitney Wright at whitney.wrightsc@gmail.com.

What we do

Voter Engagement Program

The Voter Engagement Initiative consists of a collaboration between Upstate organizations, including the Democratic Black Caucus of SC-Greenville Chapter, the Greenville County Democratic Party (GCDP), NAACP Voter Engagement, the League of Women Voters, and Pastors In Action. The purpose of this effort is to engage voters and non-voters, in all local/municipal,  Greenville County Council, US Senate, and Presidential elections.

Goal 1: Amidst the Pandemic, absentee voting has become a public safety issue for many in our community suffering from underlying conditions. We will endeavor to encourage and identify 10,000 voters who will cast their ballots absentee, in the upcoming elections.

Goal 2:  Millennial votes matter, and black millennials are “fired up” and ready to take action! The DBCSC-Greenville Chapter will work with the young activist community to engage millennials with regard to the issues they care about, such as college debt and/or free college tuition, health care costs and accessibility, economic justice, and criminal justice reform.

Goal 3: There are 28,000 registered African-Americans in Greenville County who DID NOT vote in the most recent mid-term elections. Imagine the impact that this “sleeping giant” group could make on Affordable Housing, Transportation, Living Wages, and local Criminal Justice Reform policies in Greenville – if they voted. We will work week-in and week-out to guarantee that these voters are engaged, informed, and ready to act in local and national elections.

Black Agenda Roundtable Series on Economic Justice, Education, and Criminal Justice Reforms

August through October following 6:00 p.m. public, third-Thursday Monthly General Membership meetings, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Join us on Facebook Live! (via the Greenville County Democratic Black Caucus SC page) – as we present candidates, community activists, and issues experts to discuss the advancement of the Black Agenda. Learn about local, state, and national efforts to address affordable housing, community reinvestment by banks, criminal justice reform, and voting rights.

 

Leadership

ChairKwadjo Campbell
1st Vice Chair– Ann Thompson
2nd Vice Chair– Javarus Howard

Secretary– Whitney Wright
Treasurer– Marilyn Prince
Executive Committee Member– Timicia Grant
Executive Committee Member– Paul Merlo

What we’re talking about

Women in Leadership

Four current and former Greenville City Councilwomen come together to discuss what women’s leadership looks like in one of the country’s most up-and-coming cities. Diane Smock, Jil Littlejohn, Lillian Brock Flemming and Dorothy Dowe talked about collaboration vs. competition, the importance of mentoring in their careers and to build a bench for the future, and […]

A Greenville Democratic summit will set our 2021 course

By Elias “Eli” Valentin II As a former coach, I am a lover of quotes. One of my favorites is from Henry Ford, and he says, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success.” As we look at where we are as a Party here in Greenville, these words must […]

Honoring Black History and looking forward

An inspirational and activating breakfast featuring powerful remarks by the Rev. Stacey Mills and the Rev. J.M. Flemming, president of the Greenville NAACP. Also Dr. Dawn Bingham addressed a number of questions and concerns about COVID, the vaccine distribution and access. Watch on YouTube or listen to the audiocast on SouthCloud.

Being a Black Man Today

A panel of four community advocates, activists, organizers, and businessmen discuss the challenges of trying to advocate for their communities, for social and racial justice, education and more while Being a Black Man Today. Panelists are Kwadjo Campbell, Je’Varus Howard, Derrick Quarrels, and Jonathon Sweeney. Moderator: Eli Valentin, GCDP chair. View Post Prefer to listen […]

Dem Women kicks off new year with unity

The Democratic Women of Greenville County’s February virtual meeting brought together the diversity of the Democratic Party with a call for working together toward our common goal: Getting Democrats elected. Among the speakers were the five Greenville women admitted to the Emerge 2021 class, Eli Valentin, chair of the Greenville County Democratic Party; Camden Johnson, […]

28 Days of Black History

Readers, please note: This is an ongoing project and will be changing hopefully daily. Every February, we celebrate Black History Month with local, state, and national events. This year, we are expanding our vision with Black History activities that can be part of an ongoing educational effort. Our 28 Days of Black History can be […]

Join Operation Georgia Blue

Just a month remains for us to make a difference in the outcome in Georgia’s Senate runoff races. Join us to work together, or find opportunities to do calls or texts from home. Let’s be part of getting this done.

Georgia Runoff: How Greenville Dems are pitching in

We asked the leadership of several Democratic organizations in the Upstate how they were organizing their members to help Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win the two Senate seats, and secure a Democratic majority in the US Senate. Here’s what they told us. Greenville County Democratic Black Caucus Kwadjo Campbell, Chair The key to […]

10-Point Black Agenda for SCDP Consideration

The Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina-Greenville Chapter urges the South Carolina Democratic Party to adopt the following 10-Point Black Agenda, that will give direction to Democratic Candidates on local, State, and federal levels, with regard to issues that heavily-affect the black community: Economic Development – Job Opportunities, a $15.00 per hour Minimum Wage, Black […]