In honor of Black History month, educators throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to bring their students to experience a special event hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Celebrating the traditions and histories of Africa and the Diaspora, African American Heritage Day 2013 will take place at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park on Friday, Feb. 22. For more information, click here.
Charleston’s City Paper has provided another account of College of Charleston’s recent panel series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the desegregation of South Carolina’s public education system. To read the full article, click here.
The College of Charleston recently hosted a panel of current and former South Carolina residents to recount their personal experiences during the initial desegregation of public schools. To read The Post and Courier‘s coverage of the panel, click here.
Charleston’s City Paper recently reviewed Charleston Stage’s production of A Woman Called Truth, the story of the life of Soujourner Truth. To read the full article, click here.
Harvey Gantt, the first African American to attend Clemson University, helped the school celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its integration in August. To read The Greenville News‘s coverage of the event, click here.
Red Tails, an upcoming film produced by George Lucas, will bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen–a group of African American fighter pilots deployed during World War II–to the silver screen. To read The Post and Courier’s article concerning the film, including its South Carolina ties, click here.
The College of Charleston in conjunction with The Jubilee Project
“Uniting Through Song”
Featuring the Claflin University Concert Choir
and guest performance by the College of Charleston Gospel Choir
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Admission is Free
Department of Music
Friends of the School of the Arts
Office of Institutional Diversity
Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services
Eric Foner, historian and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” will be in the Charleston area for two free public lectures.
His College of Charleston talk is part of the Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference and sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English, Department of History, Avery Research Center, African American Studies and the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust.
To view the Post and Courier‘s full article regarding Foner’s lectures, visit http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130129/PC16/130129206/1268/civil-war-historian-eric-foner-to-visit-two-campuses&source=RSS
2013’s Sweetgrass Cultural Festival is May 31-June 1 at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park on Harry M. Hallman, Jr. Boulevard. A “Taste of Gullah” program will kick the event off, followed by the festival on June 1. For more information, visit www.sweetgrassfestival.org.
Lewis Marshall Carrying U.S. Flag, Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights, 1965
By James Karales (American, 1930-2002)
Vintage gelatin silver print
©Image courtesy of the Estate of James Karales
The Gibbes Museum of Art is showcasing an iconic collection of Civil Rights era photographs by acclaimed photographer James Karales. Engaged as a photo-journalist for Look magazine, Karales witnessed and documented many historic events during the Civil Rights movement and created some of the era’s most iconic images. Between 1960 and 1965, Karales covered stories on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) conventions in Birmingham, and finally, the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Karales traveled extensively with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and captured rare and poignant images of the leader in both public and private moments.
On view January 11 through May 12, 2013, this exhibition features forty-five vintage photographs from the Estate of James Karales that offer insight into this remarkable period of history—a period in which the visual image was crucial in communicating the struggle for justice to the world.