A BLACK HISTORY NARRATIVE
PERFORMED BY JDEW
After several weeks and months of not getting around to it, the Mrs. and I finally sat down to watch Hidden Figures. Lately, I have been contemplating the plight of the American woman and her historic, and current roles of wife, mother, sister, friend, colleague and so much more in our society.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement that has swept our world over the last year, I have found myself wondering how I have wronged, disrespected, and been insensitive to females over my lifetime.
Jeremiah Dew, performer, acted as four influential historical figures in African-American History during Florence School District One’s Black History Month program.
Eighth-grade students and guests filled Sneed Middle School’s gym on Thursday afternoon to journey through history.
Jeremiah Dew, “JDew,” has always had a passion for performance. Whether it be on stage or on the screen, JDew thrives on audience engagement. Since getting a degree in Mass Communication in 2007, JDew has entertained over three million people at live events.
In the Upstate of South Carolina, where JDew resides, he is known to most sports fans as either the on-court hype guy for Clemson University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, or the Director of Fun and on-field emcee for the Greenville Drive, a minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox from 2007 to 2016. In either situation, he’ll be singing with the fans, getting them to dance, and giving out prizes during every event.
JDew also has a love for theatre, and is has graced several South Carolina stages. He has appeared in several shows and galas like To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, The Piano Lesson, and a musical review show entitled “Motown Magic.”
After listening to Wilfred J. Walker, Sr.’s testimony, while being videographer during the interview in 2008, JDew realized that so many African American stories, legends, and triumphs weren’t being communicated to America’s younger generation.
PENDLETON — Jeremiah Dew didn’t know anything about Wildred J. Walker Sr. when he walked into the Greenville resident’s home in 2008.
It was happenstance. Dew was asked to play the role of camera man for a Leadership Greenville class project and simply showed up to do the job. He had no idea a seed would be planted that would change his life.
In Walker’s hour-long interview he told many stories, one of which was about the racism he encountered at the highway department in Greenville in the 1940s.