MLK Dream Weekend: Dreamers Part II


Part II of the inspiring MLK Dream Weekend “dreamers” who remind us that the dream is alive, and the dream lives in Greenville…

Raven Magwood is not just a dreamer–she is a DO-er! This young lady can teach us “grown-ups” a thing or two about motivation: at 17, she is finishing up her second year of college, she had published two books by the age of 13, she is a nationally recognized gymnast, and she tours the country speaking to youth groups. Feeling inspired yet??



Calder Ehrmann, with the Riley Institute at Furman, is promoting diversity in the workplace across the state of South Carolina…



Lori Coon, editor of Greenville Business Magazine, is helping local business leaders to realize their dreams in the pages of this publication.




Nicholas Wideman established YMRA–Young Marathon Runners of America–to combat youth obesity and to motivate teens towards healthier living, one mile at a time.




One portrait of each of these dreamers was used in a print and internet campaign for the 5th Annual MLK Dream Weekend. I am honored that I was able to tell the stories of these seven amazing people through photos, and I am honored that Amy Clifton Photography was a sponsor for this community event! I was so excited to work on this project with the creative team from Peculiar, the fabulous folks who designed my logo, website, videos, and print pieces.

I’ll end with one more of Miss Raven’s portraits. We had weird weather for almost every single photoshoot–rain, below freezing temps, wind, and during Raven’s session, fog. I love this image, though, and it became one of my favorite portraits from the entire campaign.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is not about one race, one gender, one religious group. It is about us ALL. It is about working TOGETHER to dream a better life for each other. And it is about making these dreams a reality NOW.

All. Together. Now.
MLK Dream Weekend

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Greer Chamber of Commerce: All That Jazz!


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As a new member of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, I was excited to photograph their 72nd Annual Celebration last Thursday at Embassy Suites. The theme for the event, sponsored by Greer Memorial Hospital, was “All That Jazz,” and the lounge-y feel featured a great jazz trio, velvet ropes and a red carpet, and an old-school microphone at the podium.



The event was attended by over 360 guests…



Robin Zimmerman with Greenville Hospital System was the fabulous emcee for the evening.


The event included special remarks from John Kimbrell, Chamber President/CEO, keynote speaker Brian Gunderson, Vice President of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise, and the presentation of several special awards and honors…







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MLK Dream Weekend: All.Together.Now.


I am so honored that Amy Clifton Photography was asked to be one of the sponsors and official photographers for Greenville’s 5th Annual MLK Dream Weekend celebration. Our country has come such a long way since Dr. King’s time, but his message of acceptance, tolerance, and equality is as valuable today as ever before.

I had the privilege of meeting and photographing some amazing folks in Greenville who prove that the dream is alive, and the dream lives in Greenville. I loved the opportunity to tell each story through portraits. For more info on these people and their stories, please visit . You can also see these photos used as the “official” MLK Dream Weekend ads.

Maria, with the Greenville Hospital System, works to promote breast health and mammograms for minority patients.




My buddy Maxim, with Bon Secours St. Francis, is empowering residents to create a safer, healthier, more beautiful Sterling Community.




Cristianna proves that women with a foreign accent can be vital players in the international business world.




Check back this weekend for more photos of local dreamers!