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National Urban League Young Professionals President Encourages Young Professionals of Color in the Age of President Trump

Carlos Clanton, National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) president provides words of encouragement for young professionals who may be living with intense uncertainty in the current political climate. In a recent blog post, he answered the question “what now?” Clanton draws upon the strength of leaders from previous eras and provides insights for action steps…

A Time to Break Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman  Fifty years ago on April 4, 1967, our prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” at New York City’s Riverside Church. It was his first major public antiwar speech and a powerful warning that a rise in racial hatred, militarism and…

The Continuing Scourge of Poverty, Hunger and Hopelessness in Rich America

By Marian Wright Edelman  A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come…

Environmental justice must be a national priority

By Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) Too often missing in discussions on the challenges facing African Americans is any focus on environmental justice, the idea that all people should enjoy a clean, healthy environment while being treated equally with regard to environmental policies, regulations, and laws. African-American communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation,…

NASA to Anchor Historic Solar Eclipse Broadcast From College of Charleston

NASA announced on Wednesday, June 21, that it will broadcast nationwide coverage of the historic solar eclipse later this summer live from the College of Charleston. The broadcast will be streamed on NASA TV, the NASA website and various public broadcasting stations across the United States beginning at 1 p.m on Aug. 21, 2017. The NASA…

Popular Social Justice Workshop to Return to Charleston

Strong demand for Racial Equity Institute training results in additional sessions In partnership with the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the Racial Equity Institute will conduct a social justice workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 at the College of Charleston’s North Charleston campus at 3800 Paramount Drive.…

Ill Vibe The Tribe presents Art Binge: A Quarterly Art Market

On Friday, June 30, 2017 at  The Royal American, local culture curators  Ill Vibe the Tribe will present the first installation of their quarterly art market titled, Art Binge. This Art Binge will feature 4 visual artists, Soulful Bliss, Zulu Bantu, Love Samurai, and Charleston’s own Concept Rxch. There will be live performances by Poppy…

Charleston Carifest Celebrates 12 Years of Caribbean American Heritage Month

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival will celebrate 12 years of Caribbean American Heritage Month, June 22-25, 2017. The featured country for this year’s carnival is Haiti. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6pm the Symposium and Opening Reception will be held at the College of Charleston North Campus at 3800 Paramount Drive in North Charleston. The title…

Samaritan’s Feet and Elevation Church Team Up for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Love with Mother Emanuel Church

On Saturday, June 24th, Samaritan’s Feet and Elevation Church will team up for the 2nd annual Celebration of Love with Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Volunteers will spend time with each shoe recipient by washing his or her feet, placing a new pair of athletic shoes and socks on them, and encouraging them.…

Charleston Branch NAACP To Host Town Hall, General Meeting Thursday

The Charleston Branch NAACP’s monthly General Meeting will be held in in the Fellowship Hall of Morris Brown AME Church, 13 Morris Street on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will feature a “Town Hall” session on the status of the Charleston County School District and recent concerns related to the District,…

Magnolia Gardens’ History Fair returns with expanded program

Thirty historic organizations and groups that promote history in the Lowcountry will participate July 1 during the 5th Annual History Fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The History Fair will showcase well-known organizations in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism, including the Cannon Street YMCA, the oldest continuously operating Y in the United…

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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.