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WIL LIsten Episode 4: The Impact of Legislative Redistricting on Black Communities”
May 17, 2021 - June 14, 2021
Release Date: May 17, 2021
This month Taylor Doggett talks with Mrs. Brenda C. Murphy, the president of the NAACP South Carolina State Conference, the first female elected as president in its 80 years of existence. Brenda discusses how legislative redistricting has historically impacted Black communities in the NAACP’s focus areas of: healthcare access, education, criminal justice, voting rights and political engagement, and economic sustainability.
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Brenda was born the oldest of eight children in Ridgeway, SC and currently resides in Columbia, SC. She has served in a number of leadership roles in her more than 40 years as an NAACP member as well as in the Order of the Eastern Star. She has been recognized with numerous Awards and Honors in the course of her more than 40-year Nursing career which included 17 years as a member of the United States Army Reserves Nurse Corp. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Nursing Department at South University, Columbia, SC where she mentors and teaches student nurses to be culturally competent and caring. Brenda is a member of Greenview First Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. She is married to Leo Murphy, Jr and they have three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Taylor is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and a graduate of Hammond School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taylor received her undergraduate degree from the Hussman School of Media and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. During her time at UNC, Taylor studied abroad at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong. She currently works as a Press Assistant for the Fourth Congressional District in North Carolina. In her free time, Taylor enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and dismantling structural inequality.