Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

CCSD Announces Diversity Initiative, Draws Fire From Audience

By Barney Blakeney Charleston County School District on Monday at a midday luncheon publicly announced a new initiative to conduct a diversity and inclusion climate survey for the school district. A team of education experts from Clemson University made a presentation on inclusive excellence to county school board members during a meeting later Monday. The…

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Dream Of King Monument In Charleston Remains A Dream Deferred

By Barney Blakeney As the Charleston community and nation winds down from celebrating another Martin L. King Jr. Birthday Holiday, a nearly two-decade-old effort to establish a monument to King in Charleston remains in limbo. In 1999, then-Charleston City Councilman Wendell Gilliard proposed renaming Spring Street on the peninsula in honor of Dr. Martin Luther…

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John Bourne’s Dream Of North Charleston Perpetuates The Nightmare For Blacks

By Barney Blakeney Former North Charleston Mayor John E. Bourne rightfully has been described as the lead architect who engineered the transformation of an expansive blue collar community into the state’s third largest, and one of its most prosperous municipalities. Along the way Black residents and their communities played vital roles in North Charleston’s development.…

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Young Restaurateur Serves Up Delicious Buffet

By Patrice Smith At the tender age of 23, Angela Baby owns one of the largest restaurants in the Lowcountry.  The U.S. & Asian Buffet on Ashley Phosphate Road (near Dorchester Road) opened the day after Thanksgiving and Angela is straight business. “All my friends just want to hang out and have fun. But I’m…

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Burgess’ Impact On North Charleston Police Department Still A Question Mark

By Barney Blakeney In a surprising move last week North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey named veteran police Asst. Chief Reggie Burgess the department’s new chief. Former Chief Eddie Driggers was named liaison to the mayor between the police and fire departments. While Burgess’ promotion is welcomed, some questions remain unanswered. Burgess is infinitely qualified to…

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CCSD Officials Hope For New Vision in 2018

By Barney Blakeney A lot happened with regard to Charleston County School District in 2017. Much of it had either negative or no significant impact on Black students, according to two school officials. Anjene Davis, a CCSD employee and advocate for public schools said constituents can expect much of the same from CCSD in 2018…

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