Damon Lamar Fordham was born in Spartanburg, SC on December 23, 1964, to Anne Montgomery and was adopted by Pearl and Abraham Fordham of Mt. Pleasant, SC the following year. He received his Master’s Degree in history from the College of Charleston and the Citadel, and his undergraduate degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Professor Fordham currently teaches United States and African-American History at Charleston Southern University and The Citadel in Charleston, SC and has taught US History and African-American Studies at the College of Charleston. He was a weekly columnist for the Charleston Coastal Times from 1994 to 1998, as well as the author of Mr. Potts and Me (Charleston: Evening Post Books, 2012) Voices of Black South Carolina-Legend and Legacy (Charleston: History Press, 2009), True Stories of Black South Carolina (Charleston: History Press, 2008) and coauthor of Born to Serve-The Story of the WBEMC in South Carolina in 2006.
Research and articles by Professor Fordham appear in the books Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition by Joyce Coakley, South of Main by Beatrice Hill and Brenda Lee, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Folklore for the University of Missouri Press, Cecil Williams and Sonny DuBose’s Orangeburg 1968, and The Malcolm X Encyclopedia for the University of Southern Mississippi Press in 2001. He has also commented on history and storytelling for numerous radio and television programs in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Professor Fordham conducts a walking tour called “The Lost Stories of Black Charleston", and has received a citation form the South Carolina House of Representatives for his work in education, historical research, and social justice.
His motto is Educate yourself to lead yourself, for if you wait on others to show you the way, you will wait for a long time.
Office: 427B Capers Hall
B.A. History University of South Carolina
M.A. HIstory The College of Charleston and The Citadel Joint Degree Program
Research Interests: South Carolina, African American