Black History News

John Caldwell Calhoun REVISITED

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA With all of the controversy over the statue of John Caldwell Calhoun that is in Marion Square in downtown Charleston, I think that before considering if it is appropriate to be there, we should at least learn something about who this man really was and what he really represented.…

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Allen, Powers Weigh-In On Confederate Monuments

By Barney Blakeney As battles over the proposed removal of Confederate monuments and markers rage across the country, I asked two local historians to share their views.  Michael Allen, Community Partnership Specialist at the National Park Service, and College of Charleston History Prof. Bernard Powers shared their thoughts about Confederate monuments and the call to bring…

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Gwendolyn Brooks Won the Pulitzer Prize While Living in a Housing Project

By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South Side, had not paid her electric bill. With no electrical power, little money and a nine-year old son to feed Brooks made headlines around the world while living…

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June is Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the First Secretary of the Treasury was from the Caribbean island of Nevis. We count among our famous sons and daughters, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Cicely Tyson, W.E.B Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to…

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