Art & Literature

College of Charleston Foundation Receives First Edition Frederick Douglass Autobiography

By Vincent Fraley Frederick Douglass emerged on the national stage in 1845 and has never left popular memory. The power and poetry of Douglass’ words – printed and spoken – fundamentally changed the conversation about slavery in the U.S. and continues to inspire generations of activists. With Leo and Vicki Williams’ recent gift to the College of…

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Charleston County Public Library Revs Up for NEA’s Read Across America

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is joining the nation in celebrating the National Education Association’s (NEA) 21st annual Read Across America event. Several library branches will host celebrity readers during events scheduled Feb. 28, and March 1, 4 and 5. Read Across America celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the joy of reading. More than 45 million readers…

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kolpeace Honors Black History Month With “Resilient” Exhibition at the Saul Alexander Gallery

By Damion Smalls Lauded Charleston-based artist Christopher “kolpeace” Johnson has gifted the local arts scene with his latest exhibit now on display throughout February at the Saul Alexander Gallery, which is located inside the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library. “Resilient” recognizes five impactful and admirable African-Americans that have symbolized unyielding strength through…

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The Moth To Honor Writer Roxane Gay At 2019 Moth Ball

Storytelling nonprofit The Moth this week announced details for their annual fundraising gala, The Moth Ball. Taking place at Capitale (130 Bowery, NYC) on Tuesday, June 4, A Wrinkle In Space and Time: The 2019 Moth Ball will honor heralded writer, Roxane Gay. Tickets are on sale now for the mind- and time-bending evening of storytelling and surprises. “The Moth Ball is always an…

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How This Entrepreneur is Celebrating Black History Through Coloring

Black History Month is an annual celebration of contributions by African Americans and a time for recognizing African American pioneers in U.S. History. Latoya Nicole, the owner of Entrepreneurs Color Too, an adult coloring book company highlighting beautiful black women is celebrating black history and culture through coloring. Our American culture is rich with African…

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SC African American History Calendar February 2019 Honoree: David “Dave the Potter” Drake

David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter” and “Dave the Slave,” (c.1801-c.1870) was an American potter who lived in Edgefield, S.C. Dave produced alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs between the 1820s and 1860s. As an enslaved African, he often signed his works “Dave,” and is recognized as the first enslaved potter to inscribe his work. Dave…

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