CSO Spiritual Ensemble’s “Freedom Rides On” MLK Tribute Captivates Audience


Under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames and David A. Richardson, CSO Spiritual Ensemble and Charleston Symphony orchestra’s multi-media performance dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was well received by the capacity audience in the historic Morris Street Baptist Church’s sanctuary, a congregation Dr. King provided a sermon in 1968 before his death the same year. The CSO Spiritual Ensemble and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra merged European masterworks with dramatic aria’s and the African-American spiritual. The weaving of two enthralled the audience as the classics and the indigenous A cappella sounds of the Spiritual told the incredible legacy Dr. King gave the world.  Through the eyes of the freedom riders fifty-one years ago, the timed photo images connected all the senses in on of the most moving performances producer Lee Pringle has ever conceived.


SC National Heritage Corridor’s SC Traveler Newsletter’s Coverage of the Jubilee Project

“The SC Traveler Newsletter,” South Carolina National Heritage Corridor’s guide to the most unique spots in South Carolina, has included coverage of the Jubilee Project in the January/February 2013 issue.  To read the article, as well as other interesting information about travel sites related to African American history, click here.


CofC’s “History of Education and the Black Freedom Struggle” Lecture/Workshop Series

The Department of Teacher Education and the College of Charleston is pleased to welcome Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Christopher Span from the University of Illinois for a series of workshops and lectures, entitled “The History of Education and the Black Freedom Struggle: Resistance, Desegregation, and the Continued Struggle for Quality Education.” Drs. Anderson and Span are renowned historians of black education who have examined the long struggle to obtain a quality education. Beyond extensive publication records, their work has included diversifying higher education and serving as Supreme Court expert witnesses on Affirmative Action cases.

February 20, 4:00-6:00 pm: “Understanding Educational Inequality in American Education” 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth) This is workshop and student-panel led by Dr. Christopher Span that addresses the history of the Achievement Gap and its implication for schools today.

February 21, 11:00 am-12:30 pm: “Fifty Years of Desegregation in Charleston: A Panel Discussion with the First Students to Desegregate South Carolina Schools,” 00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth). This is a community panel discussion with Millicent Brown and the other students who were the first to desegregate South Carolina schools in 1963.

February 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, “Affirmative Action and the New Color Line: Fisher v. University of Texas and Public Discourse about Race in Educational Policy” at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (125 Bull Street). This lecture by Dr. James Anderson will address the history of Affirmative Action, how this policy continues to promote diversity in American society, and the ongoing threat this policy faces today.

Check out CLAW’s website

The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The CLAW program’s mission is to strengthen the College’s instructional program and to promote the public understanding of the region and its place in a broader international context by fostering research that illuminates the constant contact and cultural exchange among the various Atlantic cultures, societies, and ethnicities.

To learn more about CLAW and to view an event calendar, click here.

2013 SASA Conference in Charleston, January 31-February 2

The Southern American Studies Association is the largest and one of the most respected regional chapters of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.). SASA, with a mailing list of over 700 and an active membership of 500, presents new developments and findings in American Studies scholarship, identified and defines areas of debate about the nature of American culture and its study, and conducts cultural and historical programs on the South and its communities.  This year, the organization will hold its annual conference in Charleston, January 31-February 2, and will include the “Teaching the New History of Emancipation” workshop.  For more information, click here.

“Teaching the New History of Emancipation” Teachers’ Workshop


The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program was recently awarded a grant from the Humanities Council SC to help support a teachers’ workshop entitled “Teaching the New History of Emancipation.”  The workshop, organized in collaboration with the After Slavery Project, will take place on Friday, February 1st from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, running concurrently with the Southern American Studies Association conference that is also happening at the College (Thursday January 31st to Saturday February 2nd).  The workshop is part of the Jubilee Project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of launching desegregation in South Carolina educational institutions.  As we embark on this series of commemorative events marking some of the most important events in our history, the workshop aims to lay the foundation for an enduring collaboration among teachers, curriculum experts, heritage and cultural workers, activists, web developers, and research historians.

The keynote address at the workshop will be given by Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.  One of the nation’s most prominent historians, Foner is one of only two people to have served as president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the Society of American Historians (SAH).  His most recent book, the Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History, as well as the Lincoln Prize and the Bancroft Prize (Foner’s second).

The workshop will take place in room 227 of the Addlestone Library on the College of Charleston campus. For further information, please contact Simon Lewis at lewiss@cofc.edu; 843-953-1920.

Coastal Heritage highlights “Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal”

Coastal Heritage is a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium—a university-based network supporting research, education, and outreach to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunity for the people of South Carolina.  Click here to view John H. Tibbetts’s article “Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal” included in the fall 2012 edition of the publication. 

Vernon Burton to speak during the South Carolina Historical Society’s annual meeting

We are excited to announce that Vernon Burton will be speaking on “The Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and Abraham Lincoln” at this year’s Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Historical Society.  The event will be held at 12:00 on Saturday, Feb. 16th at the Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston.  Tickets are $65.00 and include lunch, Dr. Burton’s address, and a house tour.

To purchase tickets, go to www.schsonline.org and click on “events.”

PBS Film Highlights Abolitionists

PBS’s film series The Abolitionists follows anti-slavery activists  Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké as they “turn a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.”  The third and final installment of the series airs January 22, but each film is available online via PBS’s website.

UIS announces free massive open online course on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

LincolnThe University of Illinois Springfield will explore the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation in a new massive open online course (MOOC) during the spring semester. The free eight-week online course is open to anyone who wants to join world-wide.

For more information, click here.

Freedom Rides On–A Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the CSO Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery L. Ames of Belmont University, will commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a concert entitled “Freedom Rides On.”  The event will take place at Morris Street Baptist Church on January 21.  Free tickets are available at Charleston Public Library’s main branch on Calhoun Street.  For more information click here.

New York Public Libraries celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Schomburg presents 80 pre– and post– Civil War era photographs of enslaved and free black women, men, and children. The images record the presence of black soldiers and black workers in the American South and help the 21st century viewer reimagine a landscape of black people’s desire to be active in their own emancipation.

For a full schedule of events and links to helpful resources, click here.

Watch Nights mark Emancipation Proclamation 150th

Black Politics on the Web discusses the roots of the “Watch Night” tradition as associated with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation:

As New Year’s Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days earlier would be coming — his final proclamation declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to be “forever free.”

A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held Watch Night services, awaiting word that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation would take effect amid a bloody Civil War. Later, congregations listened as the president’s historic words were read aloud. 

To read the full article, visit Black Politics on the Web‘s website. 


NEH Emancipation Resource Portal

The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring an online portal to allow teachers, students, and enthusiasts to access helpful resources regarding the Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th Anniversary. 

This online resource portal contains relevant essays, lesson plans from NEH’s website EDSITEment!, an interactive timeline with links to NEH-funded films and interactive websites, and instructions for teachers and community members on how to host watch parties for the live streamed event. Through this site, teachers and students may also interact with one another and the presenters.