Newman, I. DeQuincey, 1911-1985


Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was born in Darlington County on April 17, 1911. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 1931. For some forty years, he served UMC churches in Georgia and South Carolina and held key positions with the UMC’s South Carolina Conference and its General Conference. As a member of the UMC Merger Committee in the 1970s, he played a major role in bringing an end to segregated congregations. In 1943 Newman assumed a key position in the emerging civil rights movement when he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Thereafter, he contributed to the NAACP in a variety of capacities, including service as South Carolina field director from 1960 to 1969. On October 25, 1983, Newman became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the state Senate. Ill health forced him to resign from the Senate in 1985.--From South Carolina Encyclopedia, retrieved January 22, 2009.

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