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To Fight the HIV Epidemic, We Need the Black Church

By Dr. Marjorie Innocent, NAACP Senior Director of Health Programs Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been…

Trump’s cold-hearted agenda is immoral

By Jesse Jackson Candidates say campaigns are about articulating programs, issues and priorities. But people vote for candidates based on how that person makes them feel. Consciously or unconsciously, elections are about giving voice to values. Voters are moral proxies who want to know that a candidate or elected official truly cares about them — that…

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut In Education Funding

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) No one ever said that higher education wouldn’t cost money. Across the country, tuition is steadily rising and students are taking longer to pay off their student loans. Today, 44 million consumers share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt – more than double what it was in 2008. On…

Look Back and See the Future (Part Two)

By James Clingman An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled, The Reluctant Entrepreneurs, by Joel Kotkin, author of the book, Tribes. The feature discusses several reasons for Blacks not going into business and being surpassed in this area…

Chronicles of Adam Musical Theater Workshop

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation has received Fy18 funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission to present Artist-in-Residencies in rural communities in South Carolina. The Foundation will present a three-day musical theater workshop, Tuesday, August 1 – 3, 2017 at the Household of Faith Church #3, 720 Hudson Street, Hartsville, SC, 5:00 –…

Edmond Robinson Football Camp at St. John’s High

Boys and girls ages 8-18 are welcomed and encouraged to attend this half day football camp featuring NFL players and coaches sponsored by Islander graduate and current Minnesota Vikings player, Edmond Robinson, this Saturday at St. John’s High School (1518 Main Road). Registration is FREE and activities will include conditioning, position drills, 7 on 7,…

Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art present ‘The Art of Jazz’ featuring Demetrius Doctor

Charleston Jazz is partnering with the Gibbes Museum of Art to present ‘The Art of Jazz,’ a summer series of music inspired by the current works on view at The Gibbes. The second concert of this 3-part series will feature the Demetrius Doctor Trio, taking place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:00…

Charleston County Public Library announces photo casting call

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) announces a casting call for patrons who love their local library! CCPL customers of all ages are invited to visit their nearest regional branch and be photographed using library services. Many of the photos taken will be featured on CCPL’s new website, which will launch later this year, along with…

Master Planning public meeting July 20 for West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will hold a public information and input meeting for the master planning of its “Old Towne Creek County Park” property. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria…

Baptist Hill Raising Funds for Athletic Uniforms

Baptist Hill Middle High School is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot (6251 Highway 162) in Hollywood. School administrators, coaches, and student-athletes are participating in a barbeque and car wash to raise a significant portion of their goal of $13,000 for…

The Special Needs Prom To Be Held August 18

In an effort to provide ongoing recreation and social opportunities for community members with disabilities, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and the City of Charleston Therapeutic Recreation Division invite people with special needs to a prom-themed celebration on Friday, Aug. 18. People with special needs and their families and caregivers are invited…

Preserve The Gullah presents ‘GEECHEE GALA: An Archival Fundraiser’

Preserve The Gullah and CharlestonGOOD have teamed up to bring a night of artistic and cultural exploration with “The Geechee Gala” Archival Fundraiser on July 15, 2017. The gala and gallery, which will take place at 2 Canal St., marks PTG’s first ever fundraising event and aims to raise funds to go towards the historic…

Comedian Trevor Noah Takes Over North Charleston PAC September 22

Reserved seat tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at 10AM Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This year “The Daily Show” has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined “The Daily…

Live from the Underground to Return on July 22

Live from the Underground: The Cookout returns to Purple Buffalo on July 22, 2017. In partnership with Dope & Rare and Blu Gorilla Tattoo, Tee N Mac will create a music-fest vibe with two stages, performances and a vendor market. What started off as a concert will now be the ultimate summer experience with food…

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Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.