By Owen Kowalewski
Boeing made a gift of $1.5 million to the University of South Carolina on Oct 20, creating the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowed Chair of Public Service and Civic Engagement Fund.
This contribution was made for the development of the new generation of civil leadership and engagement.
Clyburn, who represents the Sixth District in the United States Congress, is Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives. He was first elected to Congress in 1993.
The late Emily Clyburn was a librarian and civil rights activist.
The Clyburn chair was given to Associate Professor Bobby Donaldson, to enable him to further the programming and development of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research.
President Michael Amiridis of the University of South Carolina, Bobby Donaldson, James Clyburn, and Boeing leaders came together to announce this gift and endowed chair.
“Through this generous gift, we are proud to join Boeing in honoring the outstanding civic contributions of Congressman Clyburn and his wife, Emily, and advancing their legacy of public service and outreach,” said Amiridis.
“I am truly humbled by Boeing’s gift in honor of the contributions Emily and I have made to civic engagement, and I am pleased that their generosity will support the important work that Dr. Donaldson and the USC Center for Civil Rights History and Research is doing,” Clyburn said.
The Clyburns met at South Carolina State College in 1960 while participating in a civil rights demonstration. They went on to be married for 58 years until Emily’s death in 2019.
This is not the first time Boeing has contributed to the University of South Carolina.
Last year, the company donated $225,000 to the University’s Veterans Legal Clinic which helps provide low cost legal services to veterans in South Carolina, and then an additional $125,000 to the clinic in 2022.