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Domestic Violence – A Serious Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I wrote an article several years ago that caught an inmate’s attention while serving time in prison for spousal abuse and rape. His name was David and had served time in the military. He thanked me for doing the article and in his own words said, “You taught me what I was…

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Holey, Holey, Holey or Wholly, Wholly, Wholly

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There are distinct differences between “old school” and “new school” or “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials”. Generations evolve over time. As an old schooler, I still iron clothes and linens. During a recent trip to Houston with my son and family, I observed several Millennial differences first hand. They don’t iron clothes. They…

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Uncle Tom: My People Who Are Called By My Name

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all but I am happy elections are over, at least in South Carolina they are. Payouts and gift cards for supporting candidates, who seldom deliver on their promises, days are over. Sellouts in black communities will be called out. You do a disservice to your people, people who…

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“Come Clean” Charleston County School Board

By Beverly Gadson-Birch By the time you read this article, it will be all over but the shouting. It’s been a tough stretch to the finish line and I am sure everyone is ready to exhale. Hopefully, persons elected will be the face of a new Democracy—one that tells the truth, respects women, builds relationships…

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2018 Midterms: The Hope is in the Vote!

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. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact US. And no, US means you and me, African Americans, not the United States; but, I am sure…

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Community in Uproar Over Sexual Abuse Case at Dunston Elementary School & Disparities in the Treatment of Black and Hispanic Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch On Tuesday, October 16, a group led by Elder James Johnson, State Director, SC National Action Network; Pastor Thomas Dixon, The Coalition; Myrtice Brown, Interdenomination Ministers Alliance, Community Activists and Concerned Citizens held a Press Conference in front of the School District Office at 75 Calhoun Street. The group addressed serious educational…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s “Circus” Nomination

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As a youngster I can remember listening to older folk’s euphemisms as they chatted in the next room. Y’all old schoolers know that you could not sit in on grown folk’s conversations, but we often eavesdropped through those old cardboard walls. Euphemisms are no more than a “substitute” or “expression substituted for…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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