Meet Warren Bolton: 2010 SC African American History Calendar

Tonight a member of our community was recognized for his achievements and talents.

The South Carolina African American History 2010 calendar is no longer widely available in printed format. But it is available in digital portable document format (pdf). To learn more about the calendar or to download a copy, visit

Our very own, Warren Bolton , is showcased for April.

“Warren Bolton’s insightful, fair and balanced commentary has been a catalyst for
progressive and positive change in the community for almost a decade as associate
editor at The State newspaper. He is among a small percentage of African Americans in
similar roles at daily newspapers in the country.

Bolton began his distinguished journalism career in 1986 as a reporter with the
Columbia Record. In 1988, he joined The State and covered county government for
six years, and in more than nine years as a reporter, covered education, police, courts
and the Legislature. He served as assistant night news editor as well as an assistant
assigning editor before becoming an assigning editor in 1996. He became education
editor in April 1997, and a month later, joined The State’s Editorial Board, its first ever
African-American member. He was promoted to associate editor in January 2000.

He has received numerous awards recognizing his accomplishments including the
Columbia Urban League’s Lincoln C. Jenkins Jr. award for community service and the
Community Service Award from the Midlands Association of Black Journalists in 1998,
the top column writing award from the S.C. Press Association as well as the Ambrose
E. Gonzales Award for excellence in journalism, given by The State in 2000, and the
2008 Press Association’s E.A. Ramsaur award, given to the top editorial writer in
South Carolina.

Bolton is also an associate minister and member at Bethel AME Church in Columbia,
where he and his wife, Tanya, co-chair the church’s Married Couples Ministry. The
Boltons are proud parents of two sons, Alexander and Christopher. Active in the
community, he has volunteered at the Department of Juvenile Justice, the United Way
and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. A Columbia native and University of
South Carolina graduate, he is the youngest of 11 children born to the late Bertha Mae

And from today’s State :

“As an associate editor at South Carolina’s largest daily, Warren Bolton has used his editorial platform to argue for progressive change in the community.

After a distinguished career in The State’s newsroom, Bolton became the first African-American to sit on The State’s editorial board in 1997. He often serves as a voice for those who have little or no access to the political power structure.”


  1. Thomas Chase says:

    Would you please read this article about the flag and evaluate it?
    Thank you.

    For quite some time the issue of the Confederate Flag flying of State House grounds has been open to debate. Unfortunately, the intellectual meaning of emotional symbols and how they are to be regarded is not open to intellectual debate. Objective reality is to be found in scientific symbols; i. e., a plus sign means to add, and a minus means to subtract in mathematics, etc. Subjective symbolism is another matter entirely. One cannot ascribe a universal meaning to an emotional symbol.

    Think not? OK, then, you Clemson Tiger fans, agree that a gamecock symbol will forever be universally understood to mean a superior sports team. And you South Carolina sports fans, an orange tiger paw will from now on be regarded as a symbol of an undefeatable foe. Ridiculous thoughts, aren’t they? We might as well ask atheists to wear crosses on their clothing. And speaking of crosses, shouldn’t Christians hate them? No, they decided to view them as the price Christ paid for their salvation. Our black brothers could just as easily view the flag as the price they paid when they were enslaved. They could demand that the flag be flown everywhere.

    Therein lies the problem with ascribing a scientific meaning to the Confederate Flag: there is none. This is an emotional issue entirely, and thus any intellectual debate concerning the emotional and symbolic meaning of the Confederate Flag is useless. The flag means different things to different people, and it always will.

    Unfortunately, an emotional symbol can be used as a weapon. It is similar to using the race card. All one has to do is throw out intellectual reasoning and “tag” someone with doing racial things or taking a position about something that is different from another person, and, “Bingo”, you are a racist.

    To the KKK, the NAACP, the NCAA, sports writers, columnists, etc., it is time for you all to mature emotionally, and intellectually matriculate to a higher level of thought. Having the emotional maturity of a 3 year old is not becoming to any of you. To the KKK, you do not own the meaning of the flag and many Southerners hate that you try to claim that it means racism and hatred, instead of a symbol of heritage. To the NAACP and the NCAA, there are real issues out there that need to be tackled in regard to racism, but the flag is not one of them. And to sportswriters and others who think speaking against the flag gives you civil rights credentials and bravado, you are an insult to Martin Luther King, Jr.: he tackled the gigantic issues associated with racism, not, meaningless and petty ones like this. He gave his life for his beliefs. You are merely dabbling in an emotional issue.

    Finally, to those Southerners who view the flag as symbolic of your heritage, and do not have one iota of racism in your soul, please show your tolerance to the intellectually challenged, even though they probably would not do the same for you. Why wouldn’t they? The answer is because there is money in keeping racism alive, (it sells newspapers), and also because many people want to view themselves as the vanquishers of racism, even if their arguments are intellectually fallacious. Unfortunately, these people are just trying to keep racism on life support. People, it’s time to move on: let your emotional racism die.

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