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Wendell Gilliard

Wendell Gilliard

The City Paper isn't the only one celebrating 10 years. Wendell Gilliard is heading into his 10th year as a City Council member. What better time to look back on some of Gilliard's most noteworthy causes, some successful and some not.

"Some people just don't have the vision, they don't have their hand on the pulse of the community," Gilliard said in 2003. "They're going to take shots. That's OK. I'm accustomed to that."

Some Key Battles of Wendell Gilliard

• Honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by leading the push for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial District and creating the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Picture Award

• Developed the Cool Breeze campaign to provide air conditioning to the elderly.

• Fought the C&C Video Store for years, long outlasting the now-closed West Ashley adult bookstore.

• Was in the front of the pack in calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome.

• Sponsored a successful resolution declaring the Ku Klux Klan a terrorist group in 1999.

• Pushed unsuccessfully to ban bikinis in Marion Square in 2003.

• Fought against violence, suggesting surveillance cameras and a gun buy-back program.

• Proposed setting a midnight curfew in 2004 for children under 17 in the city.

• Walked out of a City Council meeting when an atheist stood to give an invocation in 2003.

• Led a successful push earlier this year to prevent offensive language during council meetings, particularly the "N" word. --Greg Hambrick


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