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Clemson Recognizes Michael Allen at George B. Hartzog Jr. Awards Luncheon
10/8/2014 3:49:14 PM

(left to right) Latanya & Michael Allen, Robert G. Stanton

The Institute for Parks at Clemson University recognize five individuals for their exemplary leadership in environmental issues at the George B. Hartzog Jr. Awards Luncheon.

The awards luncheon was held on Monday Sept. 30 at the Madren Conference Center on the Clemson campus.

The annual luncheon and lecture are named for George Hartzog, the seventh director of the National Park Service.

The Award is named in appreciation of the remarkable career of Robert Stanton as the first African-American Director of the National Park Service. Among the many accomplishments of Director Stanton was expansion of the interpretation of diverse cultural meanings inherent in National Parks and increased participation by racial and ethnic minorities as both visitors and employees. The Award recognized sustained and innovative achievement by a member of a racial or ethnic minority in the management of North America's natural, historic and cultural heritage.

The Robert G. Stanton Award was awarded to Michael A. Allen for sustained and innovative achievements in promoting racial or ethnic diversity in the management of North America's natural, historic and cultural heritage.

Dr. Michael A. Allen grew up in Kingstree, South Carolina, he is a 1978 graduate of Kingstree Senior High and is a 1982 graduate of South Carolina State College with a degree in History Education. He began his public career as a Cooperative Education Student with the National Park Service in 1980. Michael has served as a Park Ranger, Education Specialist and now is the Community Partnership Specialist for The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor/Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

He played a role in the National Park Service's Gullah-Geechee Special Resource Study which began in 2000, as well as the establishment of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor in 2006 and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission in 2007. In addition he led the efforts to develop the corridor’s Management plan which was completed in 2012.

Michael has also been involved in designing exhibits and presenting interpretive programs to attract non-traditional audiences to National Park Service sites. He was instrumental in 1999, in erecting the “African Importation Historic Marker” on Sullivan Island; in 2008 he assisted the Toni Morrison Society in erecting a “Bench by the Road” at Fort Moultrie Finally in 2009 he was instrumental in unveiling “African Passages” an exhibit which highlights the African arrival, presence and contributions to American society. He recently was re-appointed to the South Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, which oversees the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

He is a founding Board Member of the International African American Museum, a founding member and former Vice President of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, past Treasurer for the South Carolina Council for African American studies, board member for The African American Historical Alliance, and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association. On June 2013, Michael Allen received the Historic Preservation Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor of SC Office. He was presented with the SC State University Distinguished Alumnus Award in March 2014.

Finally Michael’s motto is, “to understand the present and move toward the future, you must first know and accept your past.”


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