Give Black Podcast-a-Thon



On Aug. 28, UofSC Student Body Vice President Hannah White hosted a 12-hour podcast-a-thon raising money for the "One Creed, One Carolina" fundraising campaign, which benefits programs that uplift and support Black members of the UofSC community. Hannah and four co-hosts, who joined her for three hours each, interviewed more than 20 influential Black leaders and alumni of UofSC about their lives and the importance of the “One Creed, One Carolina” campaign.




Hannah White, the current student body vice president of the University of South Carolina, is a junior pursuing a double major in risk management and marketing in the University of South Carolina Honors College. In addition to her role in Student Government, Hannah is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. She also serves as a university ambassador, where her passion for the University of South Carolina is displayed as she educates prospective students from all walks of life on the experiences and resources UofSC has to offer.


Aidan Baker

UofSC Student Government director of communications
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Aidan Baker is a junior at UofSC studying marketing and minoring in Chinese studies. Aidan is involved in Student Government as the director of communications. He’s also the social media intern for UofSC’s communication team where he runs the official TikTok page for UofSC.

Lauren Harper

South Carolina political and public affairs strategist
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to her sought-after consulting work, Lauren serves as co-founder and senior advisor for Secure the Ballot, chief spokesperson for the Lindsey Must Go super-PAC, and state executive director of The Blue Lab SC. She previously served as South Carolina state director for former Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign.

Toneia Douglas

President of UofSC's Association of African American Students
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Toneia Douglas is a senior from Spartanburg, S.C., majoring in public health and minoring in medical humanities and culture. Toneia currently serves as the president of the Association of African American Students and also volunteers at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Julian Williams

UofSC Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Julian R. Williams was appointed as the University of South Carolina’s first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in June 2020. In this role, he serves as the university’s chief diversity officer and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). Reporting directly to the President, the VP of DEI is responsible for providing vision and leadership for diversity and inclusion efforts across the university.


— Part 1

Introduction to co-host Aidan Baker

— Part 2

Valinda Littlefield

Dr. Valinda Littlefield is a distinguished professor in the Department of African American Studies at UofSC. She has worked on many oral history projects and is the co-editor of the three-volume series South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.

— Part 3

Tommy Preston, Jr.

Tommy Preston, Jr., is the director of national strategy and engagement and government operations for The Boeing Company. As an undergraduate student at UofSC, Tommy served as student body president. Tommy was the youngest and first person of color in the university’s history to serve as president of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association.

— Part 4

Moe Brown

Moe Brown is a proud Gamecock and former football player at the University of South Carolina. While attending UofSC, Brown led the football team as captain under former head coach Steve Spurrier. Today, Moe Brown is running for Congress in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.

— Part 5

Dr. Qiana Whitted

Dr. Qiana Whitted is the chair of the Department of African American Studies at UofSC. She is the author of the award-winning novel EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest (Comics Culture).

— Part 6

Mayor Steve Benjamin

Mayor Steve Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and a juris doctor from the UofSC Law School. He is a former UofSC student body president and the first African-American mayor in Columbia's history.

— Part 7

Introduction to co-host Lauren Harper
Megan Pinckney

Megan Pinckney is a UofSC alumna. In 2013, she was crowned Miss South Carolina and placed top 5 in the Miss USA pageant. She currently runs a lifestyle blog called “Shades of Pinck.”

— Part 8

Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson is a distinguished professor in the Department of Higher Education. He graduated with a Ph.D. in higher education from Penn State University. One of Dr. Anderson’s many roles is serving as project director of the NEH Summer Institute about Black Leadership During Reconstruction.

— Part 9

Dr. Henrie Monteith Treadwell

Dr. Treadwell is one of three African-American students who desegregated the University of South Carolina in 1963. She is the first Black woman to graduate from the university. Today, Dr. Treadwell is a professor and the director of Community Voices at Morehouse School of Medicine.

— Part 10

Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst

Cheslie Kryst graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina and earned both her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. She was crowned Miss USA in May 2019, and was the third woman from North Carolina to win the competition.

Provost William Tate IV

Dr. William “Bill” Tate is the first Black provost of the University of South Carolina. He came to South Carolina from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as the dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education.

— Part 11

Introduction to co-host Dr. Julian Williams

— Part 12

Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry

Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry is an associate professor of higher education and director of the Museum of Education at UofSC. She is also a co-chair of the UofSC President’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

— Part 13

Jotaka Eaddy

Jotaka Eaddy was the first Black woman to serve as student body president of the University of South Carolina and is the current CEO of Full Circle Strategies, LLC. Described as the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine, Jotaka is a leading voice in social impact tech and pivotal force in connecting Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

— Part 14

Tim Bryson

Tim Bryson currently serves as a national at-large member of the Black Alumni Council. Tim resides in Silver Springs, Maryland, where he serves as a program director for student-athlete career development at the University of Maryland.

— Part 15

Lindsay Richardson

Lindsay Richardson is the second African-American woman to serve as the student body president at UofSC. She is now an associate at Ropes and Gray, LLP where she practices primarily in the firm’s private equity group and represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

— Part 16

Amber Guyton

Amber Guyton is a national at-large member of the Black Alumni Council. Guyton currently leads product marketing and acquisition strategy, development, and execution of digital marketing campaigns at Affirm Inc. in San Francisco, California.

— Part 17

Introduction to co-host Toneia Douglas

— Part 18

Dr. Michelle Bryan

From 2006-2015, Michelle L. Bryan was a member of the Educational Foundations and Inquiry faculty in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina where she previously taught introductory and advanced qualitative research methods courses, as well as Foundations of Education courses that specifically explored the role of race and racism in educational settings. Most recently, she served as the chair of the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. In July of 2017, Michelle re-joined the University of South Carolina's College of Education and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

— Part 19

Taylor Jennings-Brown

Taylor Jennings-Brown is a senior journalism major in the University of South Carolina’s Honors College. From Durham, NC, she currently serves as a managing editor of Garnet & Black magazine, a partner organization in Garnet Media Group.

— Part 20

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an associate professor at UofSC. She was named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal in 2007, awarded the 2016 ALA Equality Award, and presented with the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services.

— Part 21

Kayla King & Lyric Swinton

Kayla King is a junior at UofSC and the current host of The Patchwork Feminist podcast. Lyric Swinton is a 2020 graduate of UofSC and the original founder of The Patchwork Feminist.

— 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Alex English

Alex English is a former Gamecock basketball standout and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer. He currently serves as a member of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.

Additional Sponsoring Organizations:


Association of African American Students

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UofSC Student Government

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Black Alumni Council