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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Rosa Parks

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday and reflect on one of the greatest civil rights leaders and orators of our time, I am reminded of Rosa Parks who served as the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement that lasted for a year and resulted in the desegregation of the…

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Christmas Memories of Old Schoolers

By Beverly Gadson-Birch After attending two old schoolers funerals in two days, I woke up in rewind mode. After arriving home from the funeral service of one of the last surviving moms from my old neighborhood and checking my phone messages, another old school mom passed away. I don’t know if the deaths are contributing to my…

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Charleston County School Board: Hitched the horse back up to the wagon

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Charleston County School Board made some sweeping educational changes at its regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting December 16. The changes were long overdue and were put in place to address years of concerns regarding inequities and biases from stakeholders–parents, students, ministers, community organizations and activists. The Board’s Strategic Education Committee unveiled its…

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Timothy Taylor: Long Road Home To Freedom

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Federal Courtroom in downtown Charleston had standing room only on Tuesday as Timothy Taylor awaited his fate on federal charges. Taylor was involved in a McDonald’s robbery back in 2011 and sentenced in state court under the Youthful Offender’s Act to 5 years’ probation. However, Federal authorities intervened after receiving a tip from…

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Bits & Pieces: “Learning, Laughter, & Life!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Now that Thanksgiving festivities are over, we find ourselves dead smack into Christmas parades, shopping and more shopping. It’s time to leave the blighted past behind and lighten up a bit this week. My head is full of euphemisms from summers spent with grandma Lula. She would say “you pay for your learning.”…

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Thanksgiving: In All Things, Give Thanks!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all, but with all that is going on in the world today, I am grateful to be alive. I am looking forward to spending some down time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The citizens of Charleston have just experienced two major mayoral elections—City of Charleston and North…

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Election Commission Denies Singletary’s Protest For New Election

By Beverly Gadon-Birch On Monday, Mayoral Candidate John Singletary presented a formidable and compelling argument before Charleston County Election Commission for overturning North Charleston Mayoral Election that returned incumbent Keith Summey to office for a 7th term.  Singletary presented signed affidavits and videos of election irregularities that were accepted into evidence as exhibits. After viewing clips…

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Change Needed For Charleston & North Charleston!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This is not one of those git down, sit down quizzical kind of articles you have grown accustomed to over the years. It’s voting time! You have the opportunity to elect responsible mayoral candidates for Charleston and North Charleston, also councilmembers. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact…

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WAKE UP, VOTERS!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Wake up, voters! “No more sleeping in bed, we have important elections ahead!” Will these elections improve your living conditions, or will it be more of the same? Only you can answer that question by voting for the best candidate.  As quiet as it is kept, there is a new voting machine. Don’t let…

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