INDIVIDUAL - SCAD ID - #271
Walter B. Curry, Jr., Ed. D is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dr. Curry received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University and has earned graduate degrees in education, which includes a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Argosy University, Sarasota.
Dr. Curry is the founder of Renaissance Publications, LLC., a self-publishing company that focuses on publishing and producing works in the literary and visual arts, specializing in historical scholarship through ancestry. Dr. Curry has published two award-winning books, The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960), and The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol.1, A Narrative History. Both books consist of stories that cover the lineage of Dr. Curry’s ancestry from slavery, The Civil War, The Reconstruction Era, and family life near Salley, South Carolina and beyond. Dr. Curry is the Author-In-Residence at the Aiken Center For the Arts, where he partners with Aiken County Public Schools to teach students African American History through his work, in the form of interactive lectures and exhibitions.
Renaissance Publications, LLC is offering an Author-in-Residence Program for 8th and 11th grade social studies classes in public and private middle schools in South Carolina through the SC Arts Commission Arts Project Support Grant. This residency for 8th and 11th grade students will supply the schools with a class set of one of Renaissance Publications, LLC books with supplemental materials for the teacher which connect the narratives in the book to the 8th and 11th grade South Carolina social studies standards. After students have read narratives from his book, Dr. Curry will conduct one session with the class where he shows that history is alive and an important source of connection to our communities. The residency includes an exhibition of artifacts and visual art to help give form to the narratives being discussed. Extending the experience, the students are given the opportunity to explore the exhibition and write their reflections. For more information about the Author-In-Residence program, visit www.renaissancepubllc.com.