SC Top 20 Under 40
Kambrell Houston Garvin
Kambrell Houston Garvin is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is a 2009 graduate of A.C. Flora High School. In 2013 he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies and Sociology from Winthrop University; Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2016; and currently is enrolled at the University Of South Carolina School Of Law.
Garvin served as the President for the S.C. NAACP Youth and College Division (2009-2011). As president Garvin traveled throughout the state as the leading youth voice for nearly 20 college chapters and youth councils and spearheaded numerous campaigns, political action initiatives and membership drives. As State President he also served on the State NAACP Executive Committee and advised leadership on policies and various positions that affected young people. He prominently called for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from Statehouse grounds during the Annual King Day at the Dome March and Rally in January 2011.
While at Winthrop, Garvin served as Student Body President (2011-2013) and notably led efforts that registered over 1,000 new student voters leading into the 2012 election cycle, raised concerns about the consequences of the S.C. Voter I.D. Law, lobbied state lawmakers to make public education a greater priority and worked towards fostering a “socially conscious, politically engaged and empowered student population.” By virtue of his role, Garvin served as the Student Representative to the university’s Board of Trustees. In this role he provided counsel to senior administrators and additionally was appointed to serve as the sole student on the Search and Selection Committee which named candidates for the 10th Winthrop University president in 2013.
Garvin continued his service to South Carolina after joining Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to building the movement to eliminate educational inequity by engaging recent college graduates and professionals in teaching. He proudly served as a 6th grade science teacher at Colleton County Middle School in Walterboro, SC for 3 years. While teaching, Garvin spearheaded the first ever 6th grade overnight field trip, science fair and was actively engaged in the school and local community.
He is a member of the First Nazareth Baptist Church and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Garvin is the son of Dr. Sonji Garvin Baxter, Rev. John K. Baxter, and Reginald S. Garvin, Sr. He is married to his college sweetheart, Monique Patton Garvin and the couple resides in Northeast Columbia, SC.