Category: News & Notes

SC PBS Interview with Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner on Justice deferred – Race and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is usually seen as protector of our liberties: it ended segregation, was a guarantor of fair trials, and safeguarded free speech and the vote. But this narrative derives mostly from a short period, from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Before then, the Court spent a century largely ignoring or suppressing basic …

Dr. Conseula Francis Book Circle: Topaz by Beverly Jenkins on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30pm

We are excited to host another fantastic guest author! In conjunction with Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival , the renowned Beverly Jenkins will be our guest, Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Ms. Jenkins requested us to read her classic novel, Topaz (1997). Register Here

Indigeneity Among African Americans by Mateo Mérida

There are a wide variety of misconceptions in American history, and few communities have been subject to quite as many of these as Indigenous American people. One of the most widespread misconceptions is the discussion about who is considered Indigenous. By the predicted estimates of the US Census Bureau in 2019, 14.2% of the U.S. …

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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