Category: Archive Spotlight

Archive Spotlight: Somebody Had to Do It by Mateo Mérida

One of the prominent movements of the Civil Rights Era saw African Americans pursuing the highest quality education possible. Under Jim Crow laws, segregated education relegated the best education resources to white students, leaving young Black students with some of the poorest quality education in the country. In the 2009 collection Somebody Had to Do …

Archive Spotlight: Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mateo Mérida

In the United States, the third Monday of January is intended to be a day of remembrance, of reflection, and of activism, as it is recognized as Martin Luther King Day, a federally recognized holiday. As such, it is also a day that has been taken for granted by many who see it as little …

Archive Spotlight: Book Lover’s Club by Kangkang Kovacs

This is the thirty-first annual program for the Book Lover’s Club, printed in 1938. On it listed the name of the President at the time, Mrs. Edna J. Robinson along with several prominent members including Susan Butler and Lois Simms. The Book Lover’s Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by African American women as …

The Story of an African American Settlement Community: Maryville, SC by Mateo Mérida

John Wright is a Black man born and raised in Mount Pleasant, SC, who served in the navy, and returned home shocked to find how much his hometown had grown, and changed. Some of these changes were somewhat superficial, such as new stores, new restaurants, and getting to the rural parts of town didn’t used …

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