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True Black History Will Set You Free

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Several months ago, during the Governor’s mandatory hurricane evacuation, I flew the coop and landed in Atlanta to hunker down out of harm’s way. I had the rare opportunity of running into one of my long-lost cousins who had relocated to the Atlanta area from Atlantic City, New Jersey. As we sat…

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Are We Coming Or Going?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I recall writing an article about a decade ago entitled “Are We Coming Or Going?” and it got me thinking about the state of education in Charleston County. The more meetings I attend the more things remain the same. I find myself questioning whether we are coming or going because after 50…

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It’s Not About Color; It’s About Survival

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Burrr! It’s cold outside. The Weather Channel issued a plant and pet warning with temperatures in the low teens. I decided I had too much invested in my porch plants to let the cold destroy them. I threw on a coat and grabbed a couple of covers to keep them warm. I…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Folks, Y’all Better Get A Grip!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Happy New Year!! While some folks were preparing for Watch Night, others were gearing up for parties or both. I am wondering just how happy 2019 will be with so many problems plaguing the Black community and this country. We ended 2018 with a partial government shutdown. President Trump is so child-like. If…

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‘Tis The Season For Giving

By Barney Blakeney With all the stuff there is to do, I sometimes feel there ain’t enough hours in the day. Some of the stuff is things I do to earn a living. The other stuff is things I do because they need to be done – volunteer stuff. And I do a lot of…

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Who Took the Merry out of Christmas?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the holiday season, families are looking forward to the big day—a day of festivities, lots of good foods and nostalgic fireside chats. While Christmas is really about the birthday of Christ, men have thwarted the true meaning and have turned it into an opportunity to line their pockets with…

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Education: You Can’t Catch A Car With A Bike

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to the State Department of Education Comprehensive Support and Improvement’s (CSI) recently released report, Charleston County School District has nine schools on the list: Greg Mathis Charter High, Morningside Middle, North Charleston Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Burns Elementary, R.B. Stall High School, North Charleston High and St. John’s High…

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