The Orangeburg Massacre Continues Still

By Barney Blakeney  February 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. It slipped past me – not the annual observance, but the recognition that this year was the 50th anniversary. Like so many observances, somethings become automatic. Feb. 7 was my father’s birthday. I went through the day without a thought about it.…

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The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

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A (Black) Life That Mattered

By Imam Al-Hajj Hakim Abdul-Ali Sometimes when writing whatever it is that I’m inspired to write about, those commodities come somewhat easy for me to communicate. On some other occasions, I’m at a loss at where to begin and to express what is hidden somewhere in my orbital thoughts. Such is the case where my…

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Bernie Mazyck, A New Face In Black History

By Barney Blakeney Recently one Charleston community activist issued a challenge with respect to Black History Month celebrations – instead of invoking the greatness of our past recognize the accomplishments and successes of our present with an eye to our future; acknowledge and recognize everyday individuals in our communities who are doing the work right…

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Forgotten History – The Charleston Race Riot of 1919

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA   During a recent episode of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary series “African Americans-Many Rivers to Cross,” Dr. Gates discussed the race riots that swept through many cities in the United States between 1919 and the famous Tulsa and Rosewood Massacres in 1921 and 1923. He casually mentioned…

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The Fry Master Passes Away

By Patrice Smith Gary Benjamin Mitchell, 56, aka Benjie, passed way suddenly on Friday, February 9, 2018. He was known as a peacemaker and always made sure that everyone was okay with each other. “Benjie was very serious about everyone getting along and he would always be the one to calm the storm,” says Terrance…

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Classifieds 2-14-18

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Announcements 2-14-18

***************************************************************************************************************************** GENERAL MEETING OF THE DORCHESTER COUNTY COALITION FOR VOTER PARTICIPATION – The Dorchester County Chapter of the South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation will host its Monthly General Meeting on Saturday, March 4th at 10 AM.  The meeting will be held in the Education Building of Baum Temple AME Zion Church, located 943 West…

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League of Women Voters and the 2018 CCSD School Board Elections

By Melinda Hamilton, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area President Consider a revolution. It’s time. Start by thinking of 113,000 children, the area’s economy and one of the toughest public service jobs around. What’s the connection? The 113,000 children are students in public schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Sooner or later…

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