Hannah Jameson

Hannah Jameson, center, a University of South Carolina Aiken graduate, received a 2019 Human & Civil Rights Champion Award, during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Stephanie Franklin, left, chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee, and guest speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud, presented the award.

AIKEN -- Hannah Jameson of Cope has received a 2019 Human & Civil Rights Champion Award.

The award was presented during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

Jameson, a secondary education major, is a University of South Carolina Aiken graduate.

"Everything she does in for service to others," said Lindsey Calhoun, a fellow education major who became friends with Jameson during their sophomore year. "If she sees a homeless person, she will take them to the grocery story. She is so giving."

Jameson, a Pacer Pathway tutor, hosted students from India for the university's relatively new Leadership Exchange program. In addition, her undergraduate research has focused on recognizing African-American culture within the education community. Throughout her collegiate career, she has presented her research at several professional and educational conferences, which suggests embracing the unique culture and vernacular and incorporating it into classroom activities and instruction.

During a teacher's conference in Myrtle Beach, Jameson not only presented her research but also held a discussion for attendees that exposed prejudice and racism in the school system and urged her future colleagues to promote inclusion. Through her activities and as an intern at South Aiken High School, she has encouraged inclusiveness and addressing prejudice to all she encounters.

"She stresses the importance of not discriminating based on a student's background, baseline knowledge or where they come from," Calhoun said.

"(When teaching,) Hannah teaches her students about stereotypes, prejudices and other misconceptions of different cultures and works to reverse those thought processes, (turning them into) ones of inclusiveness."

Each year, the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee awards three human and civil rights champion awards. One goes to a USC Aiken student, one to an Aiken Tech student, and one to a member of the community.

Nominees must help protect and advance the human and civil rights of students on campus; be an active member of a service organization on campus; work to build inclusive and diverse partnerships with students and faculty on campus; and participate in a campus project or assignment that identifies and encourages the values of diversity, inclusion and belonging.

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