Rep. JA Moore talks with reporters after the 2019 Democratic debate in Charleston | Credit: Sam Spence file photo

If a bill prefiled by state Rep. J.A. Moore becomes law, the method to make appointments to the S.C. African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) would mirror other state boards and commissions.

Instead of the S.C. Commission of Archives and History having the authority to decide who sits on SCAAHC the presidents of the state’s seven historically Black colleges and universities would recommend appointments with staggered terms with the approval of the governor.

Moore, a Democrat from Berkeley County, describes his bill as a clerical change to bring SCAAHC appointments inline with those of the SCCAH. The presidents of the state’s predominantly white universities recommend appointments to the SCCAH.

The change is being sought after Michael Allen of Mount Pleasant and Jannie Harriot of Hartsville were abruptly removed in October from the SCAAHC, which promotes the preservation of Black history and culture.

Allen welcomes the possible change with the promise it could create a collaborative effort among the state’s historically Black colleges and universities to recommend a balanced mix of professionals and grassroots activists from across South Carolina to the SCAAHC.

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