Black History News

Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter for Culture-Defining “Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap”, Achieves Goal Early

The Smithsonian launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign October 17 for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a powerful cultural statement told through an unequaled combination of music, text and stunning visuals. The compilation, to be produced and released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, includes nine CDs, more than 120 tracks and a 300-page book with extensive…

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Mount Pleasant African American Settlement Commission Dedicates New Headquarters

By Barney Blakeney The African American Settlement Communities Historic Commission October 28 dedicated its headquarters at the Peter and Marguerite Johnson Center located 440 Venning St. in Mount Pleasant. The 18-month-old AASCHC, Inc. was formed to address unprecedented pressure from growth and development impacting African American settlement communities such as Snowden, Scanlonville (Remley’s Point), Phillip,…

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The Gullah Lady, Interpretations With A Purpose

By Barney Blakeney Like a lot of people who move to the Charleston area from other parts of the nation, Sharon Cooper-Murray is fascinated by the rich cultural history that is Gullah. A New Jersey native whose southern roots are in Lake City, drinking the Charleston water addicted her to the locale. That addiction has…

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Charleston’s YWCA Marks 110 Year Anniversary

By Barney Blakeney At 110 years old, the YWCA of Greater Charleston is doing well. This year marked its 110th anniversary of its 1907 founding. The year has been highlighted with various activities, says Executive Director, LaVanda Brown. The YWCA has a clear path to the future as it respects and honors its past, she…

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IAAM To Enhance Individual Contributions Campaign

By Barney Blakeney In the past two weeks the effort to build the International African American Museum in Charleston has been boosted by donations of nearly $12 million. The project needs less than $10 million to begin construction scheduled to start early next year. Nearly half of all enslaved Africans forced to America through the…

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