University of South Carolina history graduate student Ansley Kamau Pope is the 2020 recipient of the Ethel Bolden Minority Fellowship, presented by the Richland Library Friends and Foundation.
During the fellowship, which will run through May 2021, Pope will work virtually with Richland Library staff to develop connections and identify resources to support Richland County residents in communities including Lower Richland, Eastover, Gadsden and Hopkins. He will share findings and updates with the foundation’s board.
Pope also receives $3,500 through the fellowship, which supports students from underserved and underrepresented ethnic and racial groups working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Originally established in 2010 as a scholarship, the fellowship recognizes Ethel Bolden’s years of service to Richland County and its libraries.
Born in 1918 in Charleston, Bolden attended Barber Scotia Junior College and completed her degree in English and social studies at Johnson C. Smith University in 1940. She received a postgraduate degree in 1959 from Atlanta University.
Bolden taught at Waverly Elementary School in Columbia from 1945-1956, beginning her career there as a librarian. She also served as the librarian at Perry Junior High School and taught future librarians at Allen University and S.C. State. She worked at Dreher High School from 1968 until her retirement in 1982.p