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“Big Dogs Don’t Take No Stuff”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The first dog I bought my son was a Doberman. He grew into a beautiful red dog with red eyes. He had a big appetite and didn’t take “no stuff” from outsiders. Y’all, keep on reading and follow my drift! At its meeting last week, Charleston County School Board voted on a…

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In Memory of RaNiya: Tidbits for Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch In light of the untimely death of RaNiya Wright, a 5th grader at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, SC, it is time legislators implement stiffer penalties for bullying. Across the nation, children are fearful of going to school. They go to bed thinking how to avoid the bully the next day at school. Children…

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NAN: Do You Hear Me Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A whole lot of discussion is swirling around town and on Facebook following National Action Network’s (NAN) civil disobedience protest at last Monday school board meeting. Parents, community leaders, clergies and other stakeholders have been appearing before the board for years addressing inequities in education. And, for years, their concerns have ignored. In…

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Protesters Upset Charleston County School Board Meeting

By Beverly Gadson-Birch National Action Network, Prestige Preparatory Academy students and parents, and other community stakeholders brought the March 18 Charleston County School Board meeting to a halt. For years, the Board has ignored the wishes of the Black community and denigrated them while creating magnets and mostly white charter schools to circumvent true integration. The…

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Time To Re-Write Black History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As Black History Month comes to an end, let’s not forget to continue teaching, learning and sharing information on Black achievements. It is going to take more than one month to undo the distorted history and/or misinformation filtered down through generations. Students who are now adults are passing the same distorted history down to…

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Black History: Little Known Fact History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we continue to recognize the history of Black achievements, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” copyrighted in 1969 and written by Benjamin DaSilva, Milton Finkelstein and Arlene Loshin.  A second edition came out in 1972. Know your rights!! “The United States was set…

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More Fact History for Black History Month

By Beverly Gadson-Birch If you read last week’s article, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” but I feel an urgency to expound on an recent article by Brian Hicks, Post Courier Columnist, on Sgt. Isaac Woodard—a deceased and decorated Army vet. I had to admit, I had…

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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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