Isaiah DeQuincey Newman

Pastor, politician and civil rights activist

“We will run on to see what the end will be.”

Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985) was a Methodist minister and Civil Rights activist. In 1943, Reverend Newman helped organize the Orangeburg, South Carolina branch of the NAACP. He later served as the organization’s South Carolina field director from 1960 to 1969, personally joining the mass march on the State House in 1961 that resulted in the landmark First Amendment case, Edwards v. S.C. On October 25, 1983, he became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the South Carolina Senate.

Image courtesy of South Carolina Political Collections

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