Our Founder

Mrs. Mattie P. Sanders is a retired Guidance Director at Berkeley Middle School in The Berkeley County School District with 34 total years in education. Prior to her employment in Berkeley County, Ms. Sanders taught at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, Rabaut Junior High School in Washington, DC, and Baptist Hill High School in Hollywood, SC.

Mrs. Sanders received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University and the Masters of Education Degree in Secondary Guidance and Counseling from The Citadel Military College of SC.

Mrs. Sanders has been named Tri- County Counseling Association’s Counselor of-the-Year three times. In 1997; she became South Carolina Counseling Association’s Guidance Counselor-of-the-Year.  In that same year, she received “The Extra Miler” Award presented by The Berkeley County School District.

Mrs. Sanders is the founder of B. R. I. G. H. T. Historical Organization, Inc. which is a 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Non-Profit Organization. B. R. I. G. H. T. stands for “Blacks Righting Injustices and Gaining High Triumphs.”

The organization supports the Black History Collection entitled, “Black Footprints:  Blacks-Past and Present.” The Black Footprints Collection consists of 13 oral and visual presentations that are presented at schools, community centers, churches, colleges, etc.  The presentations uses calendars, paintings, dolls, inventions, discoveries, scrapbooks, magazines, stamp collections, sculptures, games, quizzes, biographies, slavery artifacts and books, to name a few, to teach the one single theme of  “self-esteem.”

Some of the drawings featured in the collection were drawn by some of Mrs. Sanders’ students.

When Mrs. Sanders is not presenting some part of the Black Footprints Collection, she can be found working with The Summerville Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority where she is a member and a consultant for attaining a charitable foundation for the chapter or working as a member of the Bethune Leonard Section of The National Council of Negro Women. Her leisure time is spent playing tennis as a member of The Westside Tennis Club. Home matches are played at the Jack Adams Tennis Facility in Charleston, SC. Another highlight of Mrs. Sanders’ life was when she and one of her daughters competed and won the Southern Equitable Family Tennis Challenge sponsored by the Equitable Life Assurance Society. This win led to an all expense paid trip to compete in the National Equitable Family Tennis Challenge competition held at the same time and place of the United States Tennis Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Board of Directors:

  • Executive Director: Ms. Mattie P. Sanders
  • President: Ms. Dorothy Jenkins
  • Corresponding Secretary: Ms. Linda Milligan
  • Recording Secretary: Ms. LaVern G. Brown
  • Treasurer: Mr. Willis Sanders
  • Historian: Mr. Thomas P. Williams
  • General Manager: Mr. Marion Sanders