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Rep. J. David Weeks keynote speaker for MLK celebration

Posted: January 11, 2018 3:34 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Camden-Kershaw County Branch NAACP will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Camden High School auditorium. The public is invited.

S.C. Rep. J. David Weeks is this year’s keynote speaker. A native of Sumter, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris College in Sumter; a Master of Education from Howard University, Washington, D.C.; his Juris Doctor of Law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Morris College School of Religion. He is a practicing attorney operating the Weeks Law Office LLC of Sumter; and is former municipal court judge. He has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since January 2000.

Weeks is a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter where he has served in many important roles. In addition, he is a 33rd Degree Mason and a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

A member of numerous civic and community organizations, he is a member of the board of directors of the Sumter County Community Development Corporation, past chairman of the Sumter City County Planning Commission and former chairman of the Sumter County Voter Registration Board.  He is also a life member of the NAACP and is former chair of the Sumter County State Executive Committee for the Democratic Party.  He is a member and former vice chair of the Morris College Board of Trustees. He also serves on the policy committee of the Sumter Urban Area Transportation Survey (SUATS) and is a member of the board of directors of Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments. 

He was appointed by the S.C. Speaker of the House to a special committee to develop strategies to prevent base closings in the state of South Carolina. In 2006, he was appointed by the chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court to serve on a special task force to develop public records policies. In 2009, he was appointed by the S.C. Speaker of the House to the legislative oversight committee for the S.C. Ports Authority. He is also a member of the S.C. Education Lottery legislative oversight committee. In 2012, he was appointed chair of the Criminal Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee and elected vice chair of the House Ethics Committee and parliamentarian of the House Democratic Caucus. He is the past chairman of the Sumter County legislative delegation.

Weeks is also the recipient of many honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations, including being named the 2016 Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina State Adult Education Association. 

He is married to Cheryl Hannibal of Sumter, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.

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