Born in Darlington County, the Rev. Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was one of South Carolina's most respected leaders. For more than 40 years he was one of the most influential leaders in the civil rights movement.
In 1943, he and others organized the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP, where he held several leadership positions. From 1960 to 1969, Rev. Newman was state field director for the NAACP.
A master strategist and a statesman, he was ideally suited for this role where he coordinated many of the protests and demonstrations across the state as well as facilitated dialogue between Blacks and Whites.