Dr. Bobby Donaldson
Dr. Bobby Donaldson is an Associate Professor of History, and the Faculty Principal of Preston Residential College, at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree in History and African American Studies from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University. Previously, he held fellowships at Dartmouth College and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
In addition to teaching and publishing articles and essays on African American education, religion, and civil rights, Donaldson has served as a curator and consultant for numerous museum exhibitions, historic preservation projects, oral histories, documentary films and archival collections.
Dr. Donaldson and his students received the Helen Kohn Hennig Prize awarded by the Historic Columbia Foundation for their documentary project on the Ward One community in downtown Columbia. In 2010, he received a Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. Presently, Dr. Donaldson is a member of Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees and the NAACP.
“History is a constant reminder of our collective journeys. The year 1963 marked a dramatic crossroads in our city’s history, and the lessons and stories from that period are powerful reminders of the courageous decisions and incredible sacrifices that brought us to where we are. And still, they remind us of the work that remains and our own roles in transforming the world around us.” -Dr. Bobby Donaldson
Robin Waites is the Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation, where she has been employed since 2002. In this capacity, she has overseen the transformation of an organization once focused primarily on the management of historic house museums to a multi-faceted entity and a leader in preservation advocacy, community development, and local history education. A native of Columbia, Robin is committed to helping the community recognize the value of its rich cultural resources and ensuring that our past and future are successfully intertwined.
A product of Columbia’s Richland School District One, Robin attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where she received a bachelor of arts with a double major in Art History and Russian. She earned a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of South Carolina in 1996 and immediately began work at the South Carolina State Museum, where she served in a variety of capacities including the chief curator of art, a position she held until accepting the directorship at the Historic Columbia Foundation.
“The opportunity to more honestly explore our recent past by hearing stories directly from those who lived it is, for me, the most compelling aspect of this effort. This project offers Columbians the chance to expand our knowledge of a powerful and difficult story, as well as to be inspired by the strength and resilience of so many in our community.” – Robin Waites
SaBrina O. Jeffcoat
SaBrina O. Jeffcoat, Columbia SC 63’s Outreach Coordinator, is a visual artist who previously worked in art sales, exhibition design with the Savannah College of Art & Design and community outreach with the Columbia Museum of Art. She is working within her purpose, building community through art via her history-centered retail business, Royal African Company, Ltd. Co., volunteering with the Lexington County Solicitor’s Office’s art-based youth program, and partnering with various Midlands Organizations as it pertains to programming through the arts.
SaBrina earned a BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and currently SaBrina serves on the boards of the Lexington County Museum, One Columbia, People for Reconciliation and the executive committees of Alternate ROOTS and the Progressive Network Columbia Chapter.
“Coming from a liberal arts background has enabled me to make connections across various disciplines. I am excited to work with an organization that ensures “Our Story Matters” and then goes a step further to champion South Carolina’s great Civil Rights history through the arts” -SaBrina Jeffcoat