NMAAHC’s MAKING AFRICAN AMERICA: A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness (March 5 – 20)

The Making African America symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States.

Explore the program and register here

Deep Blue : An Indigo Exhibition exhibition at the Public Works Art Center (Summerville, SC) from March 6 to April 16

Opening Saturday: “Deep Blue: An Indigo Exhibition” features eleven indigo artists from across the Lowcountry and beyond, including Kibibi Ajanku, Kristy Bishop, Arianne King Comer, Kelly Fort, Dale Fort, Ifé Franklin, Caroline Harper, Heather Powers, Marion Scott Readett, Pam Shanley, and Mary Young, Each artist individually explores their connections to the historically significant plant, sharing works of art that summon stories and encourage introspection. Programming will accompany this show throughout its run, including a streaming of the documentary film “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by Mary Lance, off-site excursions to a local indigo farm, shibori classes, outdoor indigo workshops, and more. This show runs March 6-April 16 in the East Gallery at Public Works Art Center, and the official reception will be Thursday, March 18 from 6pm-8:30pm. *There will be a virtual offering of this exhibition in the way of a professional video presentation. Stay tuned!*

Summit Series Finale with Mehrsa Baradaran: The Color of Money and the History of Black Banks

Wed, Mar 10, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

The Color of Money author and professor Mehrsa Baradaran will discuss the history of Black banking in America. Her keynote address will connect the origins of Black banking with the oppressive policies that created today’s racial wealth gap. The second half of the finale will feature a discussion focused on South Carolina communities as seen through the lens of Baradaran’s work. Join the conversation by purchasing the book through Turning Page Bookshop, a Black-owned independent bookstore in Goose Creek, SC.

Register using this link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3066453676193502476

Check out the Avery Research Center’s Virtual Black History Program!

More often than not the celebration of black strength, tenacity, and innovation is limited to the month of February. This lack of continuous acknowledgement of the culture that defines Charleston can be extremely detrimental, especially for native children. We Celebrate Year Round is an interactive, thought provoking, and inspiring virtual black history program created to spark meaningful conversation, engage students grades K-12, while reiterating the importance of black influence on the world as we know it. Produced by Eye of Elohim Videography We Celebrate Year Round carefully configures local artisans, creatives, historians, and storytellers alike to seamlessly express the importance of not only our local history, but how we continuously enhance the world as we know it. With special guest Minerva King, Amethyst Ganaway, Geechee Experience, CofC Gospel Choir, Chef Wibi, and Avery Staff viewers will be able to not only celebrate during the anniversary, but obtain knowledge to continue the conversations year round. We Celebrate Year Round will be available to view on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm on all Avery streaming platforms.

Congratulations to ASALH student member Sarah Grace!

Sarah Grace Champagne, a ninth grader who resides in North Charleston, submitted an application for the Black History Celebration Oratorical Contest 2021 and emailed an essay with a preliminary video presentation. She was accepted for the final competition and was assigned a coach. The final video presentation is Saturday, February 27, 2021, 6-8 pm EST. We hope that you can join and support. Click the link here to join.

See here for the contest guidelines

Black History Month Art Exhibit on February 27th at the St. Julian Devine Community Center

Exhibit is a partnership between Charleston Black Lives Matter, Eastside Community Development Center, and City of Charleston Recreational Department on February 27th at 3pm EST. Come view art work of Charleston County’s middle school and high school students in celebration of Black History Month! Mask Required.

Register here (free).

March 13, 2021 Branch Meeting and Discussion Black Parents Matter: Triumphs and Challenges

Program Title

Black Parents Matter: Triumphs and Challenges

Date and Time

March 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location

Zoom Meeting

Sponsor(s)

Charleston Area Branch of ASALH and Charleston Freedom School

Description

A candid conversation on the challenges, successes, and lessons learned from the lived experiences of three parents. By sharing their stories our presenters will lead us into an exploration of old and new approaches that can help the Black family and community navigate today’s environment.

Speakers

Bill Davis, retired educator and author of Baba and the Crew

Jane Dunhamn, Founder and Director of National Black Disabilities Coalition and author of The Way of Freedom and Life (Summer 2021)

Kevin Smith, Principal, C.E. Williams Middle School, Charleston, SC

Moderator

Dena Davis, Director of Charleston County Head Start and Branch Historian

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Mayor John Tecklenburg to Launch Mayor’s Book Club for Kids

Charleston, S.C.—The Mayor’s Book Club, a fun new initiative for kids, will launch today as Mayor John Tecklenburg records a virtual reading of the inaugural book selection, “The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls,” by Louise Meriwether, which was selected in coordination with a MOJA Festival exhibit currently on display at the City Gallery featuring the book’s illustrations by local artist Jonathan Green.

The initiative, which is available to 4-year-old children throughout the city of Charleston, aims to improve early literacy skills by encouraging reading and helping to prepare children for kindergarten.

Why it matters: With the rise of at-home learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s Book Club seeks to encourage and challenge young children as they begin to read, while providing a fun and safe virtual activity.

Through monthly virtual readings led by Mayor Tecklenburg, the Mayor’s Book Club aims to help build children’s vocabularies, reading comprehension abilities and overall success with early reading.

How it works: Each month, a new book selection will be announced and a virtual reading with Mayor Tecklenburg will become available on the Book Club website, http://www.mayorsbookclub.net. The Gibbes Museum of Art will also provide a monthly art activity in coordination with the selected book’s themes and illustrations.

Parents or legal guardians may register their four-year-old children for a free membership at Buxton Books, located at 160 King Street, where each monthly book will be available for purchase.

Official membership cards will be distributed to each enrolled child, and certificates of completion will be distributed to participants at the end of the year.

Additional details: In conjunction with this program, The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project, Jonathan Green Studios and Organizational Concepts will sponsor books for children enrolled in early education programs at the Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. Additional sponsorships are being sought to expand the book club to include more children in Head Start and Title 1 Pre-K programs throughout the city.

Support for the Mayor’s Book Club for Kids comes from the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project, Jonathan Green Studios and Organizational Concepts. Other partners include Buxton Books, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Charleston County Public Library and the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival.

Learn more: For more information on the Mayor’s Book Club, please visit www.mayorsbookclub.net.

Presentation from February 13, 2021 Branch Meeting on Preserving Your Family History through Records

Meeting was anchored by a presentation by the archival and interpretation team at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

More about preserving your family history can be found here on the ASALH 2021 Black History Theme Resource Guide and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture library guide.

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THE CHARLES JOYNER INSTITUTE FOR GULLAH AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES EVENTS – FEBRUARY 2021

The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to local geographical areas and the subsequent evolution of blended cultures, specifically Gullah. CCU’s location at the northern tip of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor puts it in a unique position for diaspora study and research. The work of the institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, that center on interconnections among local, national, and global peoples and their societies. The Institute is also a catalyst for community involvement.

Register for events here