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In Memoriam: Carlottia Scott, A Beacon of Democratic Principles and Community Unity

Carlottia Ann Washington Scott
October 28, 1946 – February 27, 2024

It is with heavy hearts and profound respect that we honor the memory of Carlottia Scott, whose life’s work embodied the very essence of dedication, leadership, and compassion. A stalwart member of the Democratic Women’s Council and a venerable figure in the Horry County Democratic community, Carlottia’s impact stretched far beyond local boundaries, touching lives across the nation and around the globe.

Carlottia’s illustrious career was marked by her role as Chief of Staff to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums, where she orchestrated Nelson Mandela’s inaugural U.S. visit in 1990—a testament to her commitment to justice and equality. Her contributions as an advisor to the Mandela Freedom Fund and her efforts in establishing an election system in South Africa remain indelible marks of her legacy. She further lent her expertise as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and served with distinction as Chief of Politics for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Beyond her political achievements, Carlottia was a guiding light in academia as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and practicum advisor at Howard University’s School of Social Work. Her passion for nurturing the next generation of leaders was evident in her co-founding of the African American Women’s Fund and her tenure as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Peace Action. Her strategic acumen and dedication helped steer numerous Democratic campaigns across the country to success.

Carlottia’s love for life was infectious. Her passion for sunrises over water, nature, music, and laughter was paralleled only by her commitment to empowering women, mentoring youth, and fostering community connections. Even in retirement, she continued to contribute her wisdom and energy to the political landscape as a consultant and local precinct leader.

Carlottia’s spirit was a cornerstone of the Surfside Community, from her involvement in Unity Church to her contributions to improving literacy rates at Myrtle Beach Elementary School. Her active participation in various clubs and societies, including the Southenders Democratic Club and The Red Hat Society, showcased her commitment to community and fellowship.

Above all, Carlottia will be remembered for her unparalleled ability to bring people together, whether through her work on Capitol Hill, her vibrant social gatherings, or simply by sharing her famous enchiladas on Christmas Eve. Her legacy is one of love, laughter, and an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

As we bid farewell to Carlottia, we invite all who knew her to celebrate her remarkable life and the countless lives she touched. Let us remember her infectious smile, her boundless generosity, and the countless “Carlottia-isms” that brought joy to so many. Her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us of the power of community, compassion, and connection.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to share your memories, photos, and stories of Carlottia to: carlottialove@gmail.com. These tributes will be shared at the Celebration of Life Service, to be held on April 20th in Myrtle Beach, as a testament to the incredible impact of Carlottia’s life and work.

Carlottia’s Celebration of Life will be live-streamed on Unity Myrtle Beach’s Facebook page from 11am – 12:30pm.

Carlottia Scott: A beacon of hope, a bridge between hearts, and a champion for democracy. Her light will forever shine in the lives of those she touched. May her soul rest in peace, and may we all carry forward the torch of kindness and unity she held so dear.

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