Xanthene Norris - District 23
Born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Xanthene S. Norris grew up and attended the public schools in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master's Degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a retired educator, served as Greenville County teacher, high school counselor and adult education director.
Presently, she is Greenville County Councilwoman, representing District 23, elected for four terms since 1997. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. She was past Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. She is Trustee, College Ministry Chair and Personnel Chair of Springfield Baptist Church. Life member (Cluster VIII Coordinator 1987-1994) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Peace Center Board, Past UNCF Upstate Chair and 2005 - 2014 Gala Chair /Co-Chair.
Her honors include Athena Award 2012, Living Longer with Class, SC Association for Medical Care 2012, Clark Johnson Centennial 2011, Department of Veterans Affairs Keynote Award Speaker 2008, Talk Magazine 25 Most Beautiful Women Award 2008, 107.3 JAMZ Public Community Award 2006, Greenville Drive Baseball Community Award 2006, Greenville Technical College Unsung Hero Award 2005, Women Making History 2005, AKA Regional South Atlantic Award 2005, Greenville Chapter National Organization of Women Activist of the Year 2003, Links, Inc. National Trend and Service Award 2003, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Keep Hope Alive 2003, AKA Sorority Cluster Coordinator Achievement Award 2003, American Association of Women Honoree 1998, AKA Sorority, Inc.1994, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Community Leader Award, 1993.
Ms. Norris was Past Executive Director of Miss Palmetto Scholarship Program, and Chairman, A.J. Whittenburg Scholarship. She has been an annual Greenville Democratic State Convention Delegate since 1997 and was State Democratic Delegate to the 2004 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. Because of her diplomacy, initiative, and determination to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Greenville County officially observed for the first time, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 16, 2006 and as an ensuing National Celebration .
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