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The Million Dollar Question: Where are all the African American Professionals in Charleston?
4/1/2015 4:33:04 PM

Thetyka O. Robinson
By Thetyka O. Robinson

If I had a dollar for how many times I have been asked this question, I’d be a rich woman right now. However, since conscious thought doesn’t convert to supporting my guilty pleasures, surely bringing life back to The Chronicle’s society page will most definitely suffice.

Those who are a “come yea” or a “been yea” from the 70’s will most definitely remember when The Chronicle served as the main source for what was going on in the African American community… from the recognition of Ms. Palmer College (now Trident Technical College’s Palmer Campus), Greek events and galas. We once had a society page that covered everything that was going on in our community, confirming our presence and pride for the global Charleston community.

And yes over time things have changed. The city doesn’t look the same anymore from a racial perspective, especially Downtown, making it hard for African Americans to know where to go to engage in conscious dialogue with like-minded professionals over a nice cocktail, cigar, live music and metropolitan environment.

It seems like we have abandoned ship or have become extinct at night; however we are still here. Rather you bring your crew with you or hang like the ghost rider; we are and always will be a part of the culture of Charleston’s ever thriving social scene.

In the spirit of Mufasa from the Lion King, “It Is Time” to rebirth our scene that so many of our Charleston natives (legends and new) have created through the new Society Page. We will celebrate the rich culture and community that does exist in Charleston today as The Chronicle once did for our community and answer the million dollar question: “Where Are All the African Americans in Charleston?”

As I took to the scene in March to get the energy going, I was greeted with excitement and much pride to be featured in the first issue. Be sure to pick up your copy of The Chronicle on April 8 to check out the new Society Page. I’m sure you’ll see a few beautiful familiar faces.

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