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.
The Colour of Music is offering a series of events for its 2021 festival see a listing of events and tickets here
Festival 2021 Opening Recital Features the African Originated Marimba – Wednesday, February 3, 7:30pm
According to oral history, the story of the marimba began in Africa, where holes were dug in the ground, wooden bars were made to cross over this hole, and the bars were struck to produce sound. The Zulu tribe of South Africa is said to have legends of a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached. During this opening event, Dr. Sean Daniels & Dr. Lawrence Quinnett, will present the Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for Xylophone & Piano.
Join the archival staff at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture for a discussion on the role of archivists and archives in preserving family histories
When: Saturday, February 13, 2021 via Zoom
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Sponsored by the Charleston Area Branch of ASALH and the Charleston Freedom School
Event is free and open to the public
Please use the form below to register for the event or click the link here
Please join the Department of History at CofC in welcoming Dr. Douglas Flowe for its inaugural Black History Month Lecture. Dr. Flowe’s lecture is entitled, “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.”
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this lecture and Q&A will be held online on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5pm EST. Please register by Feb. 15th here:
PROGRAM 1: PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING 2020 BLACK HISTORY MONTH THEME; “THE BLACK FAMILY”
DATE: February 1, 2021 (Zoom), Registration will be available in January 2021
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
SPEAKER: Julie Monroe, President of Charleston Area Branch of ASALH
SPONSOR: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH
DESCRIPTION: This event is designed to promote the celebration of Black History Month and the year-long activity of the branch focused on theme “The Black Family.”
PROGRAM 2: “THE BLACK FAMILY: FINDING AND TELLING YOUR FAMILY STORY”
DATE: February 13, 2021 (Zoom), Registration will be available in January 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m.
SPONSORS: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH, The Avery Research Center, Charleston Freedom School
DESCRIPTION: This event is the first in a year-long series of activities to encourage and promote the research, preservation, and sharing of the histories of Black families. The Avery Research Center will present approaches that we can use to construct historical narratives that reveal the identity and diversity of our families. Participants will also learn how to utilize the resources of the Avery Research Center in researching and preserving their family stories.