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A Taste of Columbia, South Carolina

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  1. Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 116,278 according to the 2000 census, while 2009 Census population estimates put the city's population at 129,333.

  2. The 1940s saw the beginning of efforts to reverse Jim Crow laws and racial discrimination in Columbia. In 1945, a federal judge ruled that the city's black teachers were entitled to equal pay to that of their white counterparts. However, in years following, the state attempted to strip many blacks of their teaching credentials. Other issues in which the blacks of the city sought equality concerned voting rights and segregation (particularly regarding public schools). On August 21, 1962, eight downtown chain stores served blacks at their lunch counters for the first time.

  3. The 1990s and early 2000s saw revitalization in the downtown area. The Congaree Vista district along Gervais Street, once known as a warehouse district, became a thriving district of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. The Colonial Life Arena (formerly known as the Carolina Center) opened in 2002, and brought several big-named concerts and shows to Columbia.

  4. Allen University was founded in 1870 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It has a distinguished history.

  5. Columbia has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters, warm springs and autumns, and very hot and humid summers. The area averages 56 nights below freezing, but extended cold is rare. The city's current promotional slogan describes Columbia as "Famously Hot."

Radio Stations:

WMHK 89.7 FM Columbia, SC Christian Contemporary
WZMJ 93.1 FM Batesburg, SC Sports
WFMV 95.3 FM South Congaree, SC Gospel Music
W240AX (WFMV) 95.9 FM Columbia, SC Gospel Music
WWDM 101.3 FM Sumter, SC Urban Contemporary
WLXC 103.1 FM Columbia, SC Urban Contemporary
WHXT 103.9 FM Orangeburg, SC Hip Hop
WNOK 104.7 FM Columbia, SC Top-40
WVOC 560 AM Columbia, SC News/Talk
WGCV 620 AM Cayce, SC Gospel Music


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Annual Conference Contractors Luncheon

BMW’S Sky Foster To Keynote NAMC Annual Conference Contractors Luncheon

The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) will host their 48th Annual National Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. NAMC’s annual conference will feature a special Women in Construction Work Session, Luncheon and Awards Presentation. The Luncheon keynote address will come from BMW Manufacturing Co.’s Sky Foster. The special conference feature is open to women at any level of business, both owners and employees. The special Women in Construction segment is presented by Contract Construction, will be Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Tickets are available in advance at

Sky Foster has excelled in critical roles at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC since 1993. She is currently Manager of Corporate Communications and Community Relations, and has previously held positions with the company managing Compensation/Working Structures, Benefits, Strategic Planning; Talent Acquisition, Compensation; Training and Recruitment; and Interim VP of Human Resources. Sky Foster has been a corporate leader in industry and a community educator for more than 25 years.

“Building relationships through thoughtful networking and capacity building will help NAMC members and partners thrive well into the future. The 48th National conference will offer practical tools and resources with specific programming designed to support diversity inclusion in the construction industry,” says Linda Graves of the Gilbane Building Company and National Women’s Programming Co-Chair.

The special session for women in construction at the annual conference will feature leading business executives in the government, sports, entertainment, K-12, life science and residential housing. In addition to the trade show, exhibition NAMC will offer matchmaking for market sector opportunities seeking minority participation.

Participation at the trade show is FREE however, the matchmaking for market sector opportunities is available for paying NAMC Conference attendees.

This year’s conference is hosted by NAMC South Carolina and sponsored by Richland County Government and the City of Columbia. The Conference activities include NAMC Women in Construction Luncheon and Work Session, NAMC Night Out and the Hall of Fame Gala and a FREE Contractors’ Trade Fair.

NAMC is the oldest minority construction trade association, founded in 1969, in the United States with over 50 Hall of Fame members and Legacy Builders and an annual project capacity of over one billion dollars nationally. Through a network of local chapters and in collaboration with strategic and corporate partnerships, NAMC assists members with building capacity by providing access to opportunity, advocacy, and contractor development training.

For more information about NAMC’s 48th Annual National Conference, please visit or contact Courtney Young of ForeSight Communications at 803-261-4180 or


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Demographics of Columbia, South Carolina

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Businesses in Columbia, South Carolina

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Affoue African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   Specializing in all styles of braiding and weaves, including special occasions. -    1579 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC (803) 750-8282 - (reviews)

  2. African Hair Braiding By Dianna -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   All styles of braids, weaves, and natural hair for women, men, and children. -    4453 Devine St, Columbia, SC (803) 782-7767 - (reviews)

  3. Al's UpperCutz -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   10253 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC (803) 699-8863

  4. Annie's African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons   - We do micro braid, kinky twist, Senegalese twist, box braid, sew in, Havana twist, corn row and much more -    5708 North Main St, Columbia, SC (803) 754-5202  - (visit website)

  5. Hunni B Hair Studio -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   9005 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC (803) 586-8852

  6. Jayden Studio -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   300 Berkshire Drive - Suite F, Columbia, SC (803) 556-3018

  7. La Galilee African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons - Specializing In All Kinds of Braids, Rows, Micro Invisible Weaves, Kinky Twist, Flat Twist, Corn. -    3315 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC (803) 551-5522  - (visit website)

  8. Midlands Mobile Stylist -  Category: Black Hair Salons Columbia's choice for Braiding, Twists, Weaves and all natural hair care. -  11 Hardwood Ct, Columbia, SC (803) 463-1167

  9. Momentum's Body N Hair, LLC -  Category: Mobile Salon -   (803) 261-4564, Columbia SC

  10. Natural Styles -  Category: Black Hair Salons -    1235 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC (757) 236-7920

  11. Settles Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -  6017 Two Notch Rd Columbia, SC 29223 (803) 786-8833

  12. Sistah's Place -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   1426 Sunnyside Dr, Columbia, SC (800) 962-9570

  13. Styles by Sybrina -  Category: Black Hair Salons Columbia's newest choice for Braiding, Twists, Weaves and all natural hair care. -   Columbia, SC (803) 223-3276

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  1. Allen University -  Category: Historically Black College -  1530 Harden Street Columbia, SC 29204 (803) 254-4165   - (visit website)

  2. Benedict College -  Category: Historically Black College -  1600 Harden Street Columbia SC 29204-1086 (803) 256-4220  - (visit website)

  3. Black Pages USA Inc -  Category: Services -   1806 Washington Street, Columbia, SC (803) 254-6404

  4. Books in the Black -  Category: BookStore -  7317C Parklane Rd., Columbia, SC, 29223 (803) 699-9252

  5. Carter & Associates -  Category: Insurance -  Provide: Free scholarship money for college funding, life insurance products and tax-free retirement programs.   - 659 Westover Road Columbia SC (855) 715-3476   - (visit website)

  6. Charleston Black Times -  Category: African American Newspaper -  1310 Harden, Columbia, SC, 29204 (803) 799-5252

  7. Cokesbury Bookstore -  Category: Bookstore -  2730 Broad River Rd. Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 798-3220

  8. Columbia Dentistry -  Category: Dentistry -  Dr. Annette Riley - Dental office   - 421 BushRiver Road Columbia SC (803) 798-6333

  9. Dorothea's African-American Books and Gifts -  Category: Gifts -  5410-D Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29204 (803) 782-9833

  10. EvolutionTIX -  Category: Online Ticketing -  Full Service Online Ticketing and Event Registration Company   - 701 Gervais St. Columbia SC (803) 457-3155   - (visit website)

  11. Joseph Graham -  Category: Bookseller Specializing in Black History Books, Business Books, Education Books, Nonfiction Books and more. -   24 Wildeoak Ct., Columbia, South Carolina (803) 254-6404 -   E-mail address:

  12. South Carolina Film Institute -  Category: Film -  The South Carolina Film Institute, founded in Columbia (the Capital) is an organization that was created to give young artists and filmmakers a place to call their own.   - 2927 Devine Street Suite Columbia SC (803) 760-7989   - (visit website)

  13. TDIR Books -  Category: Book Store -  6920 North Main Street, Columbia, SC, 29203 (803) 754-5911

  14. The CEBA Group, LLC -  Category: Waste Removal -  Waste cooking oil(Wco) removal initiative, CEBA offers partnership to local organizations- such as church's, hospitals, and restaurants. At no cost to these organizations. CEBA picks up your waste cooking and pay you for it.   - 1515 Richland Street Columbia SC (803) 315-7614   - (visit website)

  15. The Essence of Dance Performance Arts Academy -  Category: Dance -  The Essence of Dance is an individually owned Dance Arts Company. Our purpose is to teach the fundamentals of dance with an emphasis on proper body alignment to promote discipline, fitness and grace. Alternately, dancers will be exposed to culture and the arts in a beneficial and enjoyable manner. It is our staunch belief that ALL children should be immersed in the arts despite their economic standing which is why we are committed to offering our classes at very reasonable prices.   - Columbia SC (803) 814-6109   - (visit website)

  16. 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. -  Category: Community Service -  2205 Two Notch Columbia SC (803) 540-1885   - (visit website)



    SOME of the most popular dining establishments in Columbia, South Carolina include, the Blue Marlin, which features seafood prepared in the South Carolina Low country tradition; Bull Market Restaurant, which serves Southern cuisine with a Greek Mediterranean flair; Dianne's on Devine, an upscale fine dining restaurant offering Italian dishes; the Hampton Street Vineyard, best known for its extensive selection in fine wines; and SakiTumi Grill & Sushi, which specializes in Pacific Rim cuisine. In all, Columbia offers over 450 dining options. Terra in the West Bank/State St. area in West Columbia is a new upscale eatery that has caught the attention of locals.

  1. Big T Bar B Q -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - -  7535 Garners Ferry Road Suite Centre, Columbia SC (803) 776-7132

  2. Blue Marlin -  Category: Sea Food Restaurants - One of the better seafood restaurants in Columbia, Blue Marlin specializes in Low country style seafood such as shrimp and grits as well as she-crab soup. -   1200 Lincoln St, Columbia SC (803) 799-3838

  3. Capital City Kitchen & Grill -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - We are a soul food restaurant offering both lunch and dinner. Our recipes were inspired by our grandmother, we affectionately called Big Momma. Serving turkey wings, deep fried rib tips, gizzards, liver, chicken, sandwiches, oxtails and more. Catering available. -   6432 Two Notch Rd Suite Q, Columbia South Carolina (803) 851-5004   - (visit website)

  4. Debby's Catering N More, Inc. -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - -  2000 Clemson Road Suite 6, Columbia SC (803) 736-8611

  5. Lizard's Thicket Restaurants -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - A family owned and operated country cooking restaurant. -   7938 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia SC (803) 647-0095   - (reviews)

  6. Macs on Main - Macs Jazz n Blues -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Mac's on Main is Columbia's premier Jazz & Blues eatery on Main Street. -   1710 Main Street, Columbia SC (803) 929-0037   - (reviews)

  7. Mom's Authentic & Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - -  3007 Colonial Drive, Columbia SC (803) 771-0384

  8. Mr. Friendly’s -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - People dress up to visit the celebrated (and busy) Mr. Friendly’s, known for its meaty Southern cuisine. -   2001-A Greene St, Columbia SC (803) 254-7828

  9. North Main Deli -  Category: Restaurants - Check out their popular sandwiches, chicken salad on croissant, hot bar (which changes daily), Friday seafood and homemade pastries. -   Ste A, 3800 Main St, Columbia SC (803) 929-0980

  10. Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   814-4 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia SC (803) 788-6966

  11. Soul Food Fmaily Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants - -  4620 Main Street, Columbia SC (803) 691-1197

  12. United House of Prayer Cafeteria -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   2426 Read Street, Columbia SC (803) 748-0555

  13. Yesterdays Restaurant -  Category: Southern Cuisine -  2030 Devine Street, Columbia SC (803) 799-0196   - (reviews)



Have you met Columbia, South Carolina yet? Official tourism video for the Columbia region from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau.





Columbia, South Carolina historically black colleges

Columbia, SC HBCU Colleges



  1. Bethel AME Church -  219 Woodrow Street, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 779-0138

  2. Bishop’s Memorial AME Church -  2221 Washington Street, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 254-6686

  3. First Calvary Baptist Church -  1401 Pine Street, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 256-3670

  4. Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church -  1449 Bush River Road, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 798-5877  - (visit website)

  5. Ladson Presbyterian Church -  1720 Sumter Street, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 765-9192

  6. Pine Grove AME Church -  120 Steward Road, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 798-6109  - (visit website)

  7. United House of Prayer for All People -  2426 Read Street, Columbia, South Carolina (803) 254-1246

  8. Zion Baptist Church -  Hampton and Gadsden Streets, Columbia, South Carolina



  1. Caprioska Restauant and Lounge -  Category: Entertainment     - Sports bar and restaurant with live music and featured DJs Wednesday though Saturday; Special booking for catering and parties, great food. -   7001 Parklane Road, Columbia SC (803) 699-8300   - (visit website)

  2. Macs on Main - Macs Jazz n Blues -  Category: Entertainment - Premier Jazz & Blues eatery on Main Street. -   1710 Main Street, Columbia SC (803) 929-0037   - (reviews)

  3. The Vista -  Category: Entertainment - For the more mature crowd, local jazz bands playing nightly. -   Columbia SC   - (visit website)



  1. Harambee Festival -   (FEB)    Benedict College, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204, (803) 771-2477 - (visit website)

    Annual Harambee Festival. The festival features good gospel music, all day stage performances, food, jazz, contemporary music, empowerment workshops, an art exhibit, health screenings.

  2. Jubilee: Festival of Heritage -   (SEPT)    Held at Mann-Simons Cottage, 1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 252-7742 - (visit website)

    Festival of Heritage, featuring the contributions of a family whose roots began with the work of a freed slave to the entrepreneurial spirit of her descendants.

  3. SC Book Festival -   (MAY)    Held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC., (803) 771-2477 - (visit website)

    The SC Book Festival has over 6,000 people annually participating in the state’s premier literary event.




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