Entertainment icon, Bill Cosby, accepts Charleston award

  • Friday, November 29, 2013

On Sunday, Nov. 24, immediately preceding his much anticipated show in North Charleston, entertainer Bill Cosby will accept the “Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion.”

The ceremony will take place onstage at the North Charleston Performing Arts and will be presented by its namesakes: Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, Founding Chairperson, Nella Barkley and two-time Grammy Award Winning entertainer and Grand Ole Opry Member Darius Rucker.

The award was created in 2011 by South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) in recognition of the important work of mentoring youth. Each of the namesakes has made significant lifetime contributions to the field, and SOBTC’s similar commitment is exemplified by their Summer in the City (SITC) program. SITC is a month-long artistic residency in New York City where program youth, ages 13-18 reside at The Juilliard School. SITC in now in its ninth year and has expanded its reach nationally and internationally.

Past recipients of the Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion are:

• 2011: Anita Zucker, Internationally known philanthropist and InterTech Group CEO

• 2012: Lonnie Hamilton III, an iconic figure in Low Country education, arts and politics

Cosby’s stature as an artist and the emphasis he has placed on mentoring youth requires no introduction, and makes him a natural ambassador for the cause the Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion celebrates. A brighter torch would be difficult to find, and a simpler more straightforward and cost-effective platform impossible upon which to improve:

Cosby said, “The revolution must begin at home. Parents must parent. Mentoring starts with the mother and father.”

“Mr. Cosby’s name on the Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion is a major asset which will inspire more people to pick up the mentoring torch to help and challenge young people to broaden the horizons of individual potential, and instill the discipline required for a career in the arts, or equally; a productive and rewarding life,” said Mary Gould, Producer of the South of Broadway Theatre Company.

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