Brenda C. Murphy
President, SC State Conference, NAACP

Mrs. Brenda C. Murphy was born in Ridgeway, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the oldest of eight children, an individual with a passion to provide service to others and chose to do so professionally and as a civil rights advocate for all people.  She has enjoyed a successful Nursing career which spans over 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/Management and Instructor at the SC Department of Mental Health; Nurse Therapist, Columbia HealthCare Services providing counseling 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 State Palmetto Gold Nursing Award, Commendation Award and Meritorious Service Awards from the United States Army Reserve and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.   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.  She was selected as an Outstanding Nurse at 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.

Mrs.  Murphy is a Past Matron of Queen Esther Chapter # 1 Order of the Eastern Star and Immediate 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 served as Secretary.  She is a member of the Ordie P. State Grand Assembly Health Committee and served as the Chairperson of the Health Committee.  Mrs. Murphy is a Past Commandress of Cairo Court # 125 Daughters and is the Immediate Past Deputy for the Desert of South Daughters.  She also served as the Desert’s Health Committee Chairperson and as liaison to the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.

Mrs.  Murphy is the President for the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.   She is a life member of the organization and began her advocacy journey with the NAACP in the late 80’s in Charleston, South Carolina as a member of the Charleston Branch.  She is a member of the Columbia Branch of NAACP,  Columbia, South Carolina.  She has served as the State Conference of the NAACP Health Committee Chairperson and as 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 outlined in the NAACP National Strategic Plan.  The gamechangers provide the framework for advocacy for State Conferences, Branches, Youth Chapters and Youth Councils.  The organization’s primary focus is to protect the civil rights of all people, ensuring equity in the areas of:  Education, healthcare access and environmental justice, criminal justice, voting rights and political engagement, economic sustainability, and to expand the presence of youth in every aspect of the association’s work as advocates.

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