Former chair of S.C. African American Heritage Commission to speak at Voorhees

February 16, 2014

On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall on campus, Voorhees College will be hosting a Black History Month special event with guest speaker, Leon A. Love, former chair of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

Receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in social science from Claflin University, Love has committed his life to building families and promoting high self-esteem.

Serving the South Carolina Department of Social Services for 25 years, Love has been active with many state and national social service associations. During his tenure with the agency, Love directed the divisions of research and statistics, food stamps, food assistance, administration and benefits distribution, as well as serving as special assistant to the commissioner and deputy director over many different areas.

In addition to his duties at the Department of Social Services, Love is also involved in the growth and development of his community. His civic involvements include: the Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors, I. Dequincy Newman Chair USC Advisory Board, South Carolina Council on Conflict Resolution, Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration and Columbia College Mediation Study Committee.

Love served as chairperson of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and upon retirement, he founded Connec & Associates, LLC, an education and human services consulting company that provides communities, churches and government access to high quality, well trained professionals at affordable pricing.

Love has two children and currently resides in Lexington, S.C., with his wife.

This is event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at