S.C. State University alumnus Kenneth Ravenell, 1981, recently pledged a gift of $100,000 to the university, encouraging fellow classmates and other alumni to follow his lead.
As one of the most successful trial attorneys in the United States, Ravenell boasts a nearly 70 percent acquittal rate and has won more than 250 jury trials throughout the country.
Ravenell is a senior partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in Baltimore, Md.
As the son of a sharecropper, he transferred the energy and hard work of picking cotton as a child to his academic studies at S.C. State. He graduated cum laude from S.C. State in 1981 with a B.A. degree in political science.
Inspired as a youth to pursue law as a way to help protect the rights of African-Americans by the life and work of Thurgood Marshall, Ravenell graduated with his juris doctor from the Maryland School of Law in Baltimore in 1984.
While delivering the keynote address at S.C. State’s 118th Founders’ Day program on March 2, Ravenell expressed how much he owed S.C. State for providing the foundation on which he had built a very successful career. He then announced he was pledging a gift of $100,000 to his beloved alma mater.
During a recent visit to the Washington, D.C. area to meet with alumni, S.C. State President Thomas J. Elzey met with Ravenell and began the process of turning the pledge into a donation.
Elzey told Ravenell at that meeting, “I am moved by the part S.C. State University played in your success. Thank you for your leadership and support. Your gift will ensure that the S.C. State University legacy of excellence will continue.”
To his fellow classmates and other alumni, Ravenell’s message was, “I strongly encourage you to support S.C. State with the fruits of your success.”
The Times and Democrat
May 28, 2014
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