Category: News & Notes

2022 Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival from January 13th to 15th (Virtual Program)

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is a project of the Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the festival is to support Black authors, especially from South Carolina, by creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to …

Democracy as a Façade (Part 2) by Mateo Mérida

This is part two of a two part series that is examining the experiences of African Americans and democracy. See part 1 here This outlook is put on full display in some of the information distributed by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). One such pamphlet reads “Because we can’t vote, we cannot stop police …

Democracy as a Façade (Part 1) by Mateo Mérida

This is part one of a two part series that is examining the experiences of African Americans and democracy The Civil War played a huge role in the grand context of American history. Beyond being the only war in world history explicitly fought for the purposes of ending slavery, it is also the war that …

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 …

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