Community Op-Eds

What Black America Cannot Fail to Forget

By Dr. William Small, Jr. There is no question mark at the conclusion of the title to this essay. Although the title will hopefully raise a question, it is instead intended to remind Black people in America and throughout the Diaspora of the importance of a statement that I often heard recited while growing up:…

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Fear and Loathing in the Lowcountry!

Bridge failures. Building collapses. Traffic congestion. Fire and brimstone boiling up from the very ground homes are built upon.Hurricane season thrust upon us again for another year with one of the earliest tropical depressions in recent memory. Global warming. Housing cost rising beyond affordability. All newsworthy. All of a major concern. Lots of challenges, but what of the solutions? Last night at…

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Who Owns The Streets? You Do.

By Enough Pie   Our streets are not safe. On March 23, art gallery owner and East Side resident Erin Nathanson was hit trying to walk across the Crosstown at Rutledge, resulting in surgery and a long road to recovery. Too many stories like hers unfold every week about neighbors being harmed or killed while…

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Petition to Place the International African American Museum at the Wilmot J. Frazier Elementary School Site

We, the following citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, are petitioning Mayor John C. Tecklenburg to fulfill the promise made by his predecessor Joseph P. Riley in 1975. Riley was elected with overwhelming support of the African American community in Charleston and promised to spread the city’s wealth the community that helped create it, but never…

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Ready, Get Set, Vote

Voters in our communities will soon be casting votes in the South Carolina Primary Election. Eligible citizens have until May 13 to register so they can vote in the June 12th Primaries and June 26th Primary Runoffs (runoff if needed). Now is also the time to familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and…

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Real support for moms this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day we celebrate moms who are working to be the best moms they can be. Here in Charleston, many moms may be in need of some extra support, especially those women who are expecting their first baby. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had so many questions about what to…

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Celebration or Ritual?

  By Dr. William Small, Jr. The practice of effectively organizing and celebrating the importance of events is validated by its existence in all cultures. Celebrations on their face speak to values which define and affirm a people. Christmas, Columbus Day, the Fourth of July, for example all say something about the soul and character…

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A Public Call for School Board Members to Dismantle Racial Barriers in Education

The status of public education in Charleston County has been the subject of intense though warranted scrutiny by a high-profile report, “The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015.” Dr. Stacey Patton, a professor of History and Journalism at Morgan State University and acclaimed author, published the report in consultation with the…

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The Fine Line

  By D.R.E. James I imagine my demeanor to be something like Drake’s on the cover of his magnum opus Take Care. Head down, by his lonesome in the corner of Joso’s dining room. Except at Henrietta’s, I’m not in Toronto. I’m on the wickered, patioed Parisian-feeling patio of Henrietta’s. My waiter greets me; his…

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