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Orangeburg Councilwoman to speak in Camden fr Martin Luther King Day service

Posted: December 27, 2013 4:55 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Dr. L. Zimmerman Keitt will be the Martin Luther King Day speaker at Camden First United Methodist Church, 704 W. DeKalb St., in Camden, on Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. Keitt, a native of Camden and Orangeburg, is currently serving on Orangeburg’s city council.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Claflin University and earned a MED degree from South Carolina State University in 1974. She is a divorcee with two adult sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her experience includes working as a youth counselor in New York City from 1959-63; and a physical education teacher at John Ford High in St. Matthews from 1966-67, at Elloree High School from 1967-69 and at Claflin College from 1970 until her retirement in 2001.

During her stay at Claflin, Keitt coached the basketball team in 1974, was advisor for the Gospel Choir for 10 years, was advisor to Gamma Nu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for eight years, was advisor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for Claflin and the State Your and College Division for 29 and 15 years respectfully.

For more than 55 years, she has initiated service programs and pioneered the way for women in local government. In 1988, Keitt became the first African-American since Reconstruction to be elected to the Orangeburg City Council. She was the first woman ever to serve as mayor pro tem and the only woman to serve as mayor for three months.

Keitt is the founder and director of Project Life: Positeen, a free tutorial after-school program for students in K5 through 12th grade. Since 1992, more than 14,000 students have been served through the program. The program’s headquarters is at 349 Summers Ave., also with sites at Brookdale Elementary, Mellichamp Elementary and Rivelon Elementary. A future goal is to have a fifth site open soon.

In 1992, Keitt became the first woman president of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference where Benedict, Allen, Claflin, Barber Scotia, Morris, Edward Waters and Voorhees colleges were members.

Keitt became Claflin University International Alumni Association president in 2007 until 2013. Since she became president, the alumni association has given more than $123,000 for scholarships and other organizations.

She has received numerous awards including the Medgar W. Evers NAACP Award; the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award; Project Life:Positeen (DJJ) Award; and, in 2009, the Citizen of the Year Award for Orangeburg.

Keitt is a Golden Soror with Beta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a life Member of NAACP and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and serves as Superintendent for 29 years, President of Orangeburg Calhoun Baptist Sunday School Convention, where 8 churches are participating.

Keitt was re-elected to Orangeburg City Council on July 26, 2013. She participated in a ribbon cutting of the completion of the Cross County Connection public transit facility.

Keitt was presented the National Alumni President of the Year in September of 2013. The award was given by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keitt was presented the assistant clerk award in grateful appreciation for many years of faithful service given by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Missionary Baptist Association on October 23, 2013.

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