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Hip Hop 50th Anniversary

This year, 2023, marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop culture. For more than five decades, hip-hop culture has permeated all corners of the globe and all aspects of our society touching business, entertainment, media, advertising, sports, and education.

The University of South Carolina and its partners throughout the city of Columbia join in the celebration and acknowledgement of hip-hop’s rich, global impact.  For the past year, the Hip-Hop 50 Columbia Planning Committee has convened to curate a diverse portfolio of hip-hop focused educational programs, events, and learning opportunities set to take place between August 2023-December 2023. 

Join us as we engage the history, vision and the impact of this incredible culture. 



Book list:

Hip-Hop50 planning committee members:

  • Toby S. Jenkins, PhD, professor, College of Education & Associate Provost for Faculty Development (Chair)
  • Shalama Jackson, communications manager, Office of Access and Opportunity
  • Gloria Boutte, PhD, Carolina Distinguished Professor, College of Education
  • Birgitta Johnson, PhD, associate professor, School of Music
  • Jabari Evans, PhD, assistant professor, College of Information & Communications
  • Nancy Tolson, PhD, assistant director, African & African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Salandra Bowman, PhD, chief learning officer, SCETV
  • Diamond Strozier, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, USC
  • Maria Hickman, University Athletics
  • Monique Brown, director of marketing & fan experience, Athletics
  • Cassandra Nelson, program coordinator, The Graduate School, USC
  • Michelle Bryan, PhD, associate vice president, Office of Access and Opportunity, USC
  • Kay Thomas, EdD, clinical associate professor & assistant dean for Student Affairs, SC Honors College
  • Erica Lake, PhD, interim assistant dean for Opportunity & Engagement, College of HSRM
  • Sherard Duvall, USC Alumni
  • Anton Gunn, USC Alumni
  • Fat Rat Da Czar, Hip Hop Family Day Community Organization/Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Festival
  • Kevin Trumpetar, PhD, associate professor of English & Dean of Arts & Humanities, Allen University
  • Wanda Austin, City of Columbia Parks & Recreation
  • Clo Cammarata, Richland Library
  • Lee Snelgrove, Richland Library
  • Heather McCue, Richland Library


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