Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Charleston NAACP Gala Marks A Century of Activism

The Charleston Branch NAACP September 22 held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Gaillard Center during which it celebrated the branch’s 100th anniversary. The Charleston Branch NAACP was established April 14, 1917, eight years after the founding of the NAACP. The gala recognized the branch’s illustrious history. Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden was…

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More Black Residents Encouraged To Attend West Ashley Planning Sessions

By Barney Blakeney Charleston officials this week released the first draft of a plan to revitalize West Ashley. Nearly half the city’s residents live West Ashley. Enclaves of predominantly Black neighborhoods pepper the city’s greatest land area which encompasses nearly 100 sq. miles. Some residents of those neighborhoods want to know how revitalization will impact…

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South Carolina State University Needs A Few Good Recruits

By Barney Blakeney South Carolina State University needs to come up with some people willing to serve on its board of trustees. And that needs to happen soon. Revelation that almost no one is offering as candidates to serve on the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees come as little surprise to many. If…

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Who Benefits From Eastside TIF District?

By Barney Blakeney Charleston is considered one of the nation’s fastest gentrifying cities. Charleston City Council last week approved a measure that may enhance that distinction. City officials last week approved plans for a $12 million bond to improve infrastructure on the peninsula’s eastside where gentrification continues to displace Black residents. Revenue from the Cooper…

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Metanoia and Lowcountry Local First Collaborate For Reynolds Avenue Community Storefront Project Opportunity

By Natalie Prioleau The sun sets, casting shadows on boarded, empty and abandoned buildings in the North area of Charleston. Passersby can witness large vacant spaces throughout the intersections of Rivers Avenue and McMillan Avenue and Rivers and Reynolds Avenue. The scene is all that’s left of a previously thriving commercial shopping center and strip…

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CAJM To Focus On Police Bias Despite Declining Jail Populations

By Barney Blakeney For some it may be hard to accept that criminal justice reform efforts are making a lot of headway despite continued reports that inmate recidivism and jail populations are declining. So I asked Charleston Area Justice Ministry President Rev. Charles Heyward what the organization thinks about those recent reports. A June report…

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Unpredictable Irma Had Predicable Impact In The Lowcountry

By Barney Blakeney Tuesday morning Charleston awakened to sunny skies, calm winds and the relief of having weathered Hurricane Irma relatively unscathed. The late summer beauty of the Charleston skies however belied the events of the previous day as the city experienced the wrath and wonder of nature. Hurricane Irma threatened Charleston for three days…

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Marvin Pendarvis Wins House 113 Democratic Nomination

By Barney Blakeney Barely an hour after the polls closed September 5 on the Democratic primary elections to field a candidate to fill the unexpired term in S.C. House Dist. 113, North Charleston attorney Marvin Pendarvis was declared the winner. Pendarvis handily beat rivals Angela Hanyak and Charleston County School Board member, Rev. Chris Collins. Pendarvis…

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