Black History News

Ghana Proclaims Year of Return to African Descendants

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Paying homage to the past and a hope to a brighter future, 2019 will officially mark the 400-year anniversary since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619. In remembrance of the dark history and the celebration of the Black American’s triumph in the…

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College of Charleston Film Series Explores Links Between Gullah Communities, Sierra Leone

By Amanda Kerr The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston will host a three-film series exploring the cultural connections between South Carolina’s Gullah communities and Sierra Leone. All screenings will take place in Maybank Hall, Room 100, on the College of Charleston campus. The screenings are free and open to the public.…

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Kwanzaa Forever Stamp Dedicated

The U.S. Postal Service continues to commemorate Kwanzaa, which celebrates values and beliefs around African-American heritage, by dedicating a new Kwanzaa Forever stamp. The ceremony took place at the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University (NC State) last week. The public is invited to share the news using the hashtag #KwanzaaStamps. “Kwanzaa…

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Underground Railroad conference topic at Magnolia Gardens November 3

Scholars, living historians and enslaved descendants will gather at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to show that the Underground Railroad was more than a network of secret routes to northern states and Canada that enslaved Africans followed to freedom. Through exhibits, performances and demonstrations, presenters will reveal that the Underground Railroad also included rebellion, maroon communities…

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“History Harvest” Explores Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movements During Community Celebration at Mosquito Beach

The Mosquito Beach community and Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) will host a “History Harvest” at the Seashore Farmers Lodge, 1745 Sol Legare Rd., from 12 noon-5pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The event is free and open to the public. Those who experienced Mosquito Beach from the 1950s through today are invited to bring photographs,…

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Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble to Present “Forgotten in ‘America’s Forgotten Pandemic’: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic” October 11

  Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble will present the 2018 Warren A. Sawyer Lecture entitled, “Forgotten in ‘America’s Forgotten Pandemic’: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic”. Her talk is timed to commemorate the centennial of the 1918 influenza, which was particularly virulent in Charleston from October to November 1918. The lecture, hosted by MUSC’s Waring Historical Library,…

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College of Charleston Creates Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

By Ron Menchaca The College of Charleston announced today the institution’s creation of the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston. Through scholarly research and public programming, the new center will examine the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and the College of Charleston from…

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Black History Express Apps Are Added To A 20 Year Portfolio Of Empowering Software

Hugh Smith, President of Quikthinking Software, this week announced the launch of two new Android apps, Black History Express and Black History Quotes Express. Both apps gather together factual information and thought provoking anecdotes that offer a time slice into our culture. “Getting history right is the most important thing an informed citizen can do,”…

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