Current Status Bill Number:
1368Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960417Primary Sponsor: PattersonAll Sponsors: Patterson and JacksonDrafted Document Number: res9997.kpDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960418Subject: Listervelt Middleton
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19960418 Received from House House 19960417 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence Senate 19960417 Introduced, adopted, sent to HouseView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF LISTERVELT MIDDLETON AND TO REFLECT UPON THE CONTRIBUTIONS HE MADE TO THE AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND UNITY OF ALL PEOPLE.
Whereas, Listervelt Middleton passed away on Sunday, April 14, 1996; and
Whereas, Listervelt Middleton was born in Pineville, South Carolina, in 1952 and spent most of his youth there; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton found great inspiration from his parents Seamon and Matilda Middleton; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton is survived by his wife Ernestine Middleton and his children, Bakari and Zakiya; and
Whereas, after graduation from high school Mr. Middleton continued his education by earning his undergraduate degree in political science from Benedict College in 1972; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton began his formal broadcasting work as News Director at WOIC in Columbia; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton began working with South Carolina Educational Television in 1977; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton was the producer and host of ETV'S award winning program For the People; and
Whereas, over the years For The People aired in Detroit, Memphis, Washington, D.C., Barbados, Virginia and Atlanta; and
Whereas, this program provided a intellectual forum for the understanding of African history; and
Whereas, Listervelt Middleton was viewed by some eminent scholars as being a "Record Keeper" and as being someone who left no stone unturned; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton addressed topics like "The African Origin of Humanity" and "The African Origin of Civilization"; and
Whereas, on For the People, Mr. Middleton interviewed leading scholars from Africa and from North and South America; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton was a prolific writer and highly respected poet; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton is the author of three volumes of poetry: "Fatback and Caviar," "We Be Creosote People" and "Southern Winds, African Breezes"; and
Whereas, several of his poems have appeared in "Essence" magazine; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton has given readings of his poetry at The First World African Alliance in New York, The National Black Child Development Institute in Los Angeles, and The Moja Festival in Charleston South Carolina; and
Whereas, Mr. Middleton's works have reached people of all cultures and races throughout the United States, Barbados, and Africa; and
Whereas, much of Mr. Middleton's work was directed in an attempt to clarify myths and distortions in the history of African and African American people; and
Whereas it is only fitting that the members of the General Assembly pause in reflection upon the contributions and sacrifices that Listervelt Middleton made to the understanding of African heritage and to the unity and understanding of all people. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the General Assembly, by this resolution, commemorates the life and achievements of Listervelt Middleton, recognizes that he has reflected well upon this country and the people of South Carolina, and wishes his wife and children the very best of everything in the years to come.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to his wife, Ernestine Middleton and his children Bakari and Zakiya.