1966 Graduate of Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
Dr. Jacqueline Wright-Canty, third daughter of the late Reverend William Wright Sr. and Mrs. Mattie Mae Davis-Wright was born in Hemmingway, South Carolina. She attended the public schools, and graduated from Morris College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.
Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Sumter School, District Number Seventeen, in Sumter South Carolina. About the same time, her father, an African Methodist Episcopal Pastor, was reassigned to a new charge in Summerville, South Carolina, where most of her family members still reside today.
Upon moving to Florence she accepted a position in Florence District one, Florence, South Carolina and prior to “retirement” was employed with the Darlington County School System in Darlington, South Carolina. After retirement accepted a teaching position in Robeson County School District, North Carolina, mostly to American Indians, and was designated as a “Teacher of the second Language” and retired after eleven years of service.
While rearing a family, partnering in ministry and teaching young minds, Dr.Canty continued to pursue professional development. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina and further studies at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and Morehouse College of Religion, Interdenominational Theology Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her work in the church began during her youth and accelerated drastically after marriage and the transfer of her membership to the Baptist denomination. She has held positions at every level of church life between the local church and the national convention. (P.N.B.C. Women Dept., served as Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, and Assistant Secretary respectively. She also served on the Procedures (Handbook) and the Mildred L. Wormely Scholarship committees).
Simultaneously the Pee Dee Baptist District Department and the Woman’s Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina recognized her faithfulness to God, her commitment to the Church, her devotion to duty and a willingness to serve and elevated her to the highest office of both organizations.
Upon assuming the mantle of leadership, Dr. Canty introduced a three-fold ministry emphasis: Mission, Education and Stewardship, which prove to be the keystones of her administration. Her tenure has been marked with insightful vision, courageous steadfastness, progressive innovations and multi-dimensional development: (*Areas of Support: Increased giving to the North American Baptist Union (NABWU) and the Convention Scholarship Fund. The Coalition of Domestic Violence, Florence Transitional Shelter, Operation Angel Tree, Sister Saving Sisters, United Negro College Fund, Education Resource Commission, Historical Commission, (Writing of the history of the convention), Convention Handbook, and the Youth Handbook. These ministries necessitated the extension of the convention week. (i.e. The convention begins on Monday and ends on Friday). Also, to disseminate the message more effectively, the Associational District Auxiliaries were organized in each Congressional District.
During Dr. Canty’s tenure, the Baptist Women of South Carolina has given upwards of $600,000.00 to Morris College, Sumter, SC and $200,000.00 to Benedict College, Columbia, SC., and given generous donations to Friendship’s Renovation Project.
Prior to worshiping with the Monumental Baptist church family (Watch-Care) she was instrumental in helping to establish a church school program that was used as a model on the national level. As a member of Monumental Baptist Church she has served as youth director, advisor to the Young Women Auxiliary (YWA), and a church school teacher. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Benedict and Friendship Colleges, and currently serves on the Board of Trustee for Morris College. Dr.Canty is past district president and youth advisor for Federation of Women and Youth Clubs Inc., and member of the Education and Publications Board for PBNC. She currently serves on the missionary board, president of the Senior Choir, instructor of the Women Bible Study, Executive Board Member of the Women’s District Department, advisor to the Spiritual Life Ministry (Female Ministers), Director of Home Missions for the Woman’s Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina (WBEMCSC), chairperson of the Morris College Rally, instructor in the South Carolina Congress of Christian Education (SCCCE), member of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the state of South Carolina, and member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc.. Dr. Canty is currently owner and operator of the Community Service Tutorial Program, Savannah Grove Community, in Florence County, South Carolina.
Included in Dr. Canty’s recognitions are: Community Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women (Florence Section), and the Savannah Grove Community Action League, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Morris College, listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Outstanding Young Women, and the Pee Dee Woman’s Department for initiating a Spiritual Recital “highlighting” local talent. She represented the WBEMCSC in Kenya, Nairobi Africa in 1995. At the end of her “tenure of service”, Dr. Canty was honored by her Alma Mater with a Souvenir Book “highlighting” her accomplishments.
Dr. Canty is the proud mother of two children, Ralph W. Canty Jr., Dr. Serena (Christopher) Canty-McCoy; a stepson, Brian Scarborough, and grandmother of five wonderful grandchildren, and one great grand.