Community Op-Eds

Black Women in South Carolina Deserve Equal Pay

By Elected Black Women, SC General Assembly Today, August 22, marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Far from a celebration, this day represents how far Black women nationwide had to work into 2019 to match what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2018. Nationally, Black women working full-time, year-round earned 61 cents for every dollar earned…

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Benny Starr Hosts Mo’ Better Brunch at Blue Note Bistro

My fondest childhood memories growing up in rural Berkeley County, South Carolina are filled with music. I recall the soulful voices of Whitney, Otis, Michael—Shirley Caesar, all leaping from my mother’s stereo and into my mind’s eye. These voices held a majestic quality and sounded as if they came from someplace far off. On Saturdays,…

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African Americans Saved Cadillac

At the turn of the 20th century, the automobile entered the American scene. During that period there was a proliferation of car manufacturers. In 1903 alone 57 companies came into existence and 27 went bankrupt. Over the years numerous models were introduced that are now a distant memory. Studebaker and Hudson come to mind. But the Cadillac, introduced in…

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A political lesson Political candidates need new strategy to attract Black voters

By Nate Abraham, Jr., Carolina Panorama Publisher The presidential campaigns have hit South Carolina like a hurricane. Presidential candidates seem to be everywhere, playing “Let’s Make A Deal” with potential voters and trying to line up endorsements from preachers to politicians. This outdated idea is based on the misguided premise that Black folks have “leaders” and…

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Burke School Improvement Council Oppose Garrett’s Proposals

The officers of the School Improvement Council (SIC) at Burke High School read Barney Blakeney’s recent piece in the Chronicle, “School Board Member Reflects On Burke High Graduation” with great surprise, in particular quotes attributed to School Board Representative Todd Garrett, who calls for shuttering the school and turning it over to a third-party operator.…

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Burke Supporters Respond To Todd Garrett Comments

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Burke High School Foundation, Inc. and the Friends of Burke, this is a response to the recent article in your paper by Barney Blakeney, regarding Todd Garrett’s reflections and recommendations for Burke High School. The article entitled: “School Board Member Reflects on Burke High School Graduation” seems to be…

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Will the real school board member please stand?

Dear Editor: I believe that a school board member should take time to know the legacy of any school, but particularly that of a unique school of immense historical importance to the African-American community. Persons who value and provide investments in heritage, people and pride, make our city worthy of its many accolades. I have…

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Post Independence Day Reflections

By Dr. William Small, Jr. What does one write about on the fourth of July when the script remains the same and only the title changed? I came to the computer to write an essay for this national holiday. I cannot think long about the fourth of July without quickly drifting into a prideful reconnection…

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Concerning The Snowden Community Sewer Issue

We, the Snowden Advocacy Group (SAG), are fully aware of and understand that county council has made the appropriate decision to postpone voting for approval of the ordinance regarding the community’s proposed public facility. We support the ordinance revisions to ensure that the unincorporated communities are not subject to overdevelopment and at increased risk for…

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Lowcountry Food Bank Urges South Carolina Senators to Support Efforts to Close the Summer Child Hunger Gap in South Carolina

“During the summer, a mere 17 percent of the more than 22 million children nationally who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year access a summer feeding program – and only 16.7 of children in South Carolina,” said Pat Walker, Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO. “This leaves 307,109 of children in South…

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