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Feb. 10, 2012
I Buried John F. Kennedy/James Felder Lecture & Book Signing slated for Feb. 21 at HCC
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) will host the event, I Buried John F. Kennedy/James Felder Lecture & Book Signing as part of the new HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events that will run throughout 2012. The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

During his military tour of duty from 1962-64, James Felder was selected to head the casket team that bore the body of the late President John F. Kennedy during those “four dark days” in November 1963. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his performance. In August 1994, his book, “I Buried John F. Kennedy” was released.

After graduating from Howard University in 1967, Felder returned to South Carolina to direct the South Carolina Voter Education Project. He has held positions as executive director of Project T-Square and executive vice president of Operation Push. Felder has also served as professor and chairman of the Department of Business & Economics at Allen University. In October 1994, he was named executive director of the South Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches. Today, he is president/CEO of the South Carolina Voter Education Project and president of Lee Associates, Inc.

In November 1970, Felder along with I.S. Leevy Johnson and Herbert Fielding, were the first blacks to be elected to the South Carolina Legislature since Reconstruction. In 1973, he was appointed the first black assistant prosecutor in South Carolina. He is the past vice chair of the South Carolina Department of Youth Services.

Felder is the past president of the Columbia Branch NAACP. He served on the board of trustees at Allen University and is a member of the National Bar Association, American Business Law Association and South Carolina Black Hall of Fame.

Felder, a native of Sumter, S.C., spent his early adult years in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Columbia since 1967. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University and a juris doctorate from the Howard University School of Law. He also earned a master’s degree from the Atlanta Law School.

For more information on the 2012 HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events, visit http://www.halifaxcc.edu/lyceum/. To receive notifications of HCC events and events held at The Centre, visit http://halifaxcc.edu/getevents.htm.
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