Meet the SCNAACP Conference President

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Mrs. Brenda C. Murphy was born in Ridgeway, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the daughter of the late James and Julia Smith.  She is the oldest of eight children.  She is an individual with a passion to provide service to others and chose to do so professionally and as an advocate for justice for all people.  She has enjoyed a successful Nursing career which spans greater than 40-years. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus.

Her professional experiences are varied, a few highlights include: Nurse Administration and Instructor at the SC Department of Mental Health; Nurse Therapist, Columbia HealthCare Services providing mental health services for children, adolescents and families; Adjunct faculty appointments at SC State University, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina.  She served seventeen (17) years as a member of the United States Army Reserves Nurse Corp and obtained the rank of Major.  Her duties included clinical nursing, AOIC for the Physical Examination Team and Training Officer. 

She is a retired Department of Veterans Affairs nurse beginning her career as a staff nurse and advanced to the position of Associate Chief Nurse at Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y., Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC and Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC.  She currently works part-time as adjunct faculty at South University, Columbia, SC, in the Nursing Department.  Mentoring and teaching student nurses continues to be a priority for her and her goal is to assist as much as she can with the development of nurses that are culturally competent and caring.

Mrs. Brenda C. Murphy was born in Ridgeway, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the daughter of the late James and Julia Smith.  She is the oldest of eight children.  She is an individual with a passion to provide service to others and chose to do so professionally and as an advocate for justice for all people.  She has enjoyed a successful Nursing career which spans greater than 40-years. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus.

Her professional experiences are varied, a few highlights include: Nurse Administration and Instructor at the SC Department of Mental Health; Nurse Therapist, Columbia HealthCare Services providing mental health services for children, adolescents and families; Adjunct faculty appointments at SC State University, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina.  She served seventeen (17) years as a member of the United States Army Reserves Nurse Corp and obtained the rank of Major.  Her duties included clinical nursing, AOIC for the Physical Examination Team and Training Officer.  She is a retired Department of Veterans Affairs nurse beginning her career as a staff nurse and advanced to the position of Associate Chief Nurse at Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y., Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC and Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC.  She currently works part-time as adjunct faculty at South University, Columbia, SC, in the Nursing Department.  Mentoring and teaching student nurses continues to be a priority for her and her goal is to assist as much as she can with the development of nurses that are culturally competent and caring.

She received numerous Awards and Honors to include: The Director’s Leadership Award from the U. S.  Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC; Honoree at South Carolina Women to Women Conference, Marion, SC, received the key to the City; Richland School District Two Black History Honoree; The State Palmetto Gold Nursing Award; Commendation and Service Awards from the United States Army Reserve and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. She was selected Outstanding Nurse at the South Carolina State Hospital and a National Council of Negro Women Honoree in Charleston, SC.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the SC Nurses Association.  She is a Charter Member of Delta Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Sorority.

Mrs.  Murphy is a Past Matron of Queen Esther Chapter # 1 Order of the Eastern Star and Past Grand Supervising Deputy for District Four Order of the Eastern Star.  She also served as the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Health Committee Chairperson for several years.  She is a Past Loyal Ruler of C.C. Johnson Assembly # 1 and serves as the Secretary for the Assembly.  She is a member of the Ordie P. State Grand Assembly Health Committee and served as the Chairperson. Mrs. Murphy is a Past Commandress of Cairo Court # 125 Daughters and is a Past Imperial Deputy for the Desert of South Carolina Daughters of South Carolina.  She served as the Desert Health Committee Chairperson and now serves as the Desert’s liaison for the South Carolina State Conference NAACP.

Mrs.  Murphy is President of the South Carolina State Conference NAACP.  She is the first female elected to this position.   She is a life member and began her advocacy journey greater than 40 years ago as a member of the NAACP in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is currently a member of the Columbia Branch NAACP.  She served as the State Conference Health Committee Chairperson and the Youth and College Division Advisor prior to becoming President.

Her mission is to “advocate for justice and equality for all people” within the context of the six game changers identified by the NAACP National Leadership.  The gamechangers provide the framework for advocacy work for State Conferences, Branches, College Chapters and Youth Councils.  The organization’s primary focus is to ensure equity in the areas of:  Healthcare access, education, criminal justice, voting rights and political engagement, economic sustainability, and to expand the presence of young adults in every aspect of the association’s work.