From staff reports
The Technical College of the Lowcountry has named Angela Jackson the first recipient of the Frieda R. Mitchell Early Childhood Development Student Award.
According to a news release, Jackson exemplifies Mitchell’s vision for supporting students with a commitment to early education and child development. Jackson is a first-year student pursuing an Associate in Applied Science-Early Care and Education degree, and she dedicates her time outside of the classroom to Beaufort County Parks and Re c rea t i o n and the Early Childhood P r o g r a m ’ s Community Lending Library.
The family of Frieda R. Mitchell established the Frieda R. Mitchell Early Childhood Development Student Award Endowed Fund at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in 2021. The fund will be a permanent tribute to Mitchell.
The Mitchell Award recognizes students enrolled in the Early Care and Education Program who are engaged in community service and demonstrate a commitment to early childhood education.
Mitchell was a tireless social justice activist and a champion for children and families. A graduate of the Mather School, she founded the Beaufort County Education Committee, the central force for school desegregation. In 1968, Mitchell and Agnes Sherman were the first Blacks elected to a school board in South Carolina.