Carolina-Barbados Connection Symposium, November 13th and 14th

This fall marks 350 years of the historical connection between Carolina and Barbados, representing migration from Barbados and the beginning of slavery in Carolina. This symposium will commemorate this connection by exploring the historical and contemporary connections between Barbados and the Carolinas.

Join the Institute for African American Research for a virtual symposium on the rich history that connects the island of Barbados and the Carolinas. The African presence in what became South Carolina dates back to the 1500s and their arrival with early Spanish explorers. In 1670, when English settlers migrating from the island of Barbados established a settlement at Charles Towne, people of African descent began arriving via the island shortly thereafter. By the year’s end, almost 30 people of African descent could be found living among about 170 Europeans and thousands of Native Americans. To learn more about the beginnings of this connection and how it has developed to the present day for Gullah Geechee folks in the Carolinas to Barbados, join and hear from scholars presenting from the Caribbean to East Coast.



Registration for Day 1: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VfIHMbq6STWv-NWsQfXz_Q

Registration for Day 2: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QknDt94ISM-TH24D40-N_w

January 2021: Black Ink Festival

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is being awarded $5,000 from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund for its next festival, which is taking place Jan. 14-16, 2021. The event will be virtual in the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. While not in person, the free festival is still sure to inspire and enlighten participants. 

Stay up to date on the schedule of events, by visiting https://www.blackinkcharleston.org/

About Black Ink:

Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in South Carolina. Celebrating its fifth year in January 2021, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors, Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

Black Ink is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. Previous Black Ink sponsors have included the Charleston County Public Library, College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, Library Foundation of the Lowcountry, College of Charleston Friends of the Library, South Carolina Humanities, Avery Research Center of the College of Charleston, T-Mobile, Lagunitas Brewery, Law Offices of David Aylor, Palmetto Surety, Statehouse Report, South State Bank, Rotary Club Charleston, and YWCA and YMCA of Greater Charleston.

Previous festivals have welcomed hundreds of attendees and garnered positive publicity. The previous keynote speakers have included Nikki Giovanni, Terry McMillan, Kwame Alexander, and Marcus Amaker. In 2020, the Black Ink Committee created new programming and adjusted the date of its major annual event. To maintain engagement and momentum during this time of transition, we have been hosting smaller, but more regular, events including cohosting National Book Award nominees Akwaeke Emezi and Jericho Brown, an African-American Poetry Panel discussion, a book giveaway and virtual book club discussion with Kwame Mbalia and more.

December 12th: Vanguard Book Club for CofC students, faculty, staff, alums and supporters

We invite CofC students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters to join us for a unique collaboration in reading and discussing Professor Martha S. Jones’ recently dropped book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic Books, 2020).

We will read the book from late-October to early December and meet twice (virtually)to discuss your thoughts on and takeaways from the book. On December 02, 2020, we ask that you join us as we welcome Dr. Jones for a virtual lecture/Q&A (details TBA).

Book pick-up at Addlestone Library will begin on October 20th (listed as the event date) and will continue for several weeks on designated days (details TBA)

Please RSVP to receive information about book pick-up or purchase, book club virtual discussion meetings, and Dr. Jones’ visit in December.

October 25th at 6pm Presentation on the History of Violence Against the Black Church

 

Dr. Anthony Greene (African American Studies) will give a lecture on the history of violence toward the black church, from 16th Street Baptist to Mother Emanuel.  6pm, via Teams: https://bit.ly/2TaRVKP. 

(Please be aware that Microsoft Teams Live Events are not supported on the Safari browser.)  

Anthony Greene (Photo by Heather Moran)

Film premiere : Gullah Roots on SCETV on Oct 1st

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will be premiering a new hour-long documentary film on October 1 entitled “Gullah Roots.” Follow members of the South Carolina, Florida and Georgia Gullah Geechee community as they experience a homecoming in Sierra Leone. You can also join community members to celebrate the debut of this project at a film screening event on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Highway 21 Drive-In, located at 55 Parker Drive in Beaufort, S.C. The event is open to the public. Additional information and a registration link can be found on Eventbrite.

The trip to Sierra Leone took place last winter and included Gullah Geechee scholars, performers and cultural ambassadors, such as Anita Singleton Prather, also known as Aunt Pearlie Sue of the Gullah Kinfolk, and Ron and Natalie Daise, as well as Victoria Smalls, a commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. While touring the country, members of the group noted powerful connections between Sierra Leone and the Gullah Geechee people.

In addition to its premiere on Oct. 1, Gullah Roots will also be airing on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. on ETV World and Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel.

Register To Vote and Make a Voting Plan

Voter Registration

South Carolina Voter Registration ends October 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

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