Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

After the Debate And Town Hall Meetings, South Carolina Primary Victory Still Up For Grabs

By Barney Blakeney As Charleston voters this week move beyond the chaotic activities of Democratic candidates’ town hall meetings and the nationally televised debate, the hour of decision approaches finding many still uncommitted in the fragmented environment created by the candidates themselves. Still there are those who remain unwavering in their support for one candidate…

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When Frederick Douglass Came to Town

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA Frederick Douglass was one of the giants of African American History. Born in slavery in 1818 in Maryland, he encouraged his white playmates to teach him to read, tried to start a slave rebellion in the 1830s, negotiated with Abraham Lincoln, and spoke truth to power on slavery, segregation,…

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New App, Temporary Location Puts TINYBUSINESSES On Display

By Barney Blakeney The Charleston Rhizome Collective’s ConNECKtedTOO work is continuing through two of its latest initiatives – the December launching of the conNECKtedTOO/TINYisPOWERFUL mobile app and revitalized website and a temporary conNECKtedTOO Community Lab at 2023 Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston. The Rhizome Collective is an inter-generational grassroots collaboration of artists, social activists, educators and…

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Who’s Most Responsive To Constituents – Legislators Or CCSD’s School Board?

By Barney Blakeney Charleston County School Board’s December approval of changes that merges some specialty schools provoked Charleston County Legislative Delegation intervention. School officials say they made the decisions to address long-standing inequities in the system. Legislators say they’re intervening in response to constituents. The division between the two entities is as gapping as that…

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Friends Of The Lowcountry Low Line Set For Community Input

By Barney Blakeney After more than eight years of planning, the Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline soon will be making community presentations about the proposed linear park that will transform the abandoned rail line that runs adjacent to I-26 on the peninsula into vibrant community spaces. The Friends of the Lowline was organized approximately eight…

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Grant Wins the 2020 Mu Alpha Talent Hunt

By Kurt Walker There was talent on display in the Fox Music House on Dorchester Road as several students participated in the 2020 Talent Hunt Competition hosted by the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Semontae Grant, a student at James Island Charter School, earned first place with her rendition of “He’s Got…

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It Either Will Take Magic Or Voters To Affect Controversial Board Appointments

By Barney Blakeney The South Carolina National Action Network is among those locally protesting the recent Charleston Aviation Authority Board’s appointment of Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey as the authority’s executive director. Summey, first elected to county council in 2008 is son of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and followed his father onto the…

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Washington Slated To Become Next Charleston County Republican Party Chair

By Barney Blakeney Businessman and former Charleston City Councilman Maurice Washington is tapped to become the next Charleston County Republican Party chairman. The county’s Republicans are expected to make that official February 10 at its next regular monthly meeting. If elected, Washington will become the county’s first African American chair since Reconstruction. Two years ago…

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CCSD Creating Advisory Group To Address Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

By Barney Blakeney In its continuing effort to better serve Charleston County School District students, the district is developing an advisory group to help teachers and staff understand their roles in creating schools that are more culturally responsive the diverse student population it serves. Additionally, that group will help recruit a staff person to lead…

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