“The consummate activist,” according to Congressman Jim Clyburn, Isaac W. “Ike” Williams (1945-2008) dedicated his life to community service and the advancement of civil rights. Most notably, he served as Field Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in South Carolina from 1969 to 1983. Numerous awards from the NAACP and other civic organizations recognized this lifetime of service.
Highlights from the collection were on exhibit in Hollings Library for "The Consummate Activist:" Ike Williams, January-May 2018.
South Carolina's political history includes many players. You'll find records relating to specific individuals in multiple collections.
The Reverand Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was Williams' mentor and an inspiration for his civil rights activism. The Newman papers have been digitized and contain records relating to Williams, including:
Letters to and from Williams are available in civil rights activist Modjeska Simkins' digitized collection: