CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor John Tecklenburg declared today "Modie Risher, Sr. Day" in the City of Charleston, honoring the life of the dedicated educator and coach.
City officials said Risher was an outspoken civil rights activist on issues concerning the African-American community,
"Risher will also be remembered for his work with the youth of Charleston," city officials said on Monday."Both during his long time employment at the City of Charleston Recreation Department and Burke High school, he taught and coached countless youth about sports and health, but also about service and integrity."
"Today we honor the life of a truly remarkable man," Mayor Tecklenburg said." Our deepest sympathy is extended to Modie's family. Our community is lucky to have experienced his commitment to service. He was a role model who created opportunity for and influenced the lives of so many people."
"In addition to the declaration of Modie Risher, Sr. Day, Risher's life will be honored tomorrow night at the Charleston City Council meeting at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 80 Broad Street," a press release stated.
Former students, athletes, colleagues, and classmates filled a Burke auditorium to talk about the legacy he will leave and what he will be remembered for.
"It just says that how much they love him and how much they love what he did for this community. How much he did for them, their families, and their children and you know those children of yesteryear," former student Earl Brown said.
To celebrate his life, Brown also donated a check to start a scholarship in his honor.
"He was a mentor. Not only on the field but in the classroom and our community."