Public Program on Coronavirus Impact on African Americans to be Held Sunday, October 31st at 3pm in Mount Pleasant

For Immediate Release – Oct. 24, 2021
Contact – Michael Allen, 1-843-696-9558


Public Program on Coronavirus Impact on African Americans to be Held Sunday in Mount Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant — The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission will host a public event at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion in Mount Pleasant. SCAAHC will showcase its “Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic” initiative, an oral history project that captured more than 100 African American voices in South Carolina about the Coronavirus’ impact on their lives.

Highlighting the event will be a panel discussion featuring local authorities in healthcare and African American history, and Charleston residents whose voices were added to the project. The panel will be moderated by Michael Allen, one of the most preiminent historians in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, renowned for helping develop the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park. The distinguished panel guests will be:

Dr. Thaddeus Bell, a Charleston physician in family practice, and founder and CEO of Closing the Gap in Healthcare, a non-profit that provides health education to African Americans and under-served communities to reduce health disparities;
Dr. Bernard Powers, professor emeritus of history at the College of Charleston and director of its Center for the Study of Slavery;
Dr. Brigid Sullivan, a local hospitalist physician at East Cooper Medical Center where she also serves as the chief of the Department of Medicine;
Mrs. Jackie Conyers, Charleston Housing Authority employee whose voice was added to the project.

Since May 2020, SCAAHC’s Portraits of a Pandemic project has captured narratives, interviews, poetry, paintings, photography and other expressions from South Carolinians, including many in Charleston. In July 2021, an exhibit of some of those expressions was installed at the South Carolina Archives and History Center in Columbia and was available for viewing for two months. A virtual version of that exhibit can be found here. The Commission continues to accept submissions at this link, and has expanded the program into 35 counties in North Carolina. A virtual exhibit of both states will be available in the Spring of 2022.

The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion is at 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd in Mount Pleasant. Seating is limited and CDC protocols for social distancing and mask wearing will be followed. For additional information on this event please contact Michael Allen at 1-843-696-9558.

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“Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic” was made possible by the generous support of the 1772 Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and South Carolina Humanities. Sunday’s program is being held in collaboration with the town of Mount Pleasant.

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