What do a blind superhero, a demon-possessed twelve-year-old, and a seven-foot-something angel-vampire have to do with each other? Come and find out!
Black Studies and the Ethics of Historical Privacy discussion on March 23rd
Join us as Dr. Crabtree shares her findings of her sabbatical research on Black Studies in recovering Black voices and their rights to privacy.
Conversation with Patricia Williams Dockery Septima, the play
Mar 22 at 5 PM Septima Clark Auditorium Conversation with Patricia Williams Dockery, about her new play, Septima, now at Pure Theater. Panel moderated by Theater professors Nakeisha Daniels and Gary Marshall.
A Critical Conversations event with Tamara Lanier on Repatriating Artifacts of North American Slavery on March 21st
Tuesday, March 21 5:30-7:00 PM
Septima Clark Memorial Auditorium (ECTR 118)
The Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston invites students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to attend a public conversation about repatriation of artifacts, archives, race, and justice. The conversation will feature the story of Tamara Lanier, whose fight against Harvard University for images of her enslaved ancestors Renty and Delia has been covered by numerous national and international media outlets including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guardian, and Democracy Now! The event is free and open to the public.
Tamara Lanier gives voice to her enslaved ancestors whose naked or partially clothed photographs were forcibly taken in 1850 outside Columbia, SC for a Harvard scientist, Louis Agassiz, who supported racist theories of polygenesis. Lanier’s case foregrounds the need for legislation that protects the cultural property of descendants of chattel slavery in the United States. All are invited to witness Lanier’s inspiring story about the importance of her family’s history and its relevance to national discussions about slavery and reconciliation.
If you have questions about the lecture, please contact Mary Jo Fairchild at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Charleston brings Afro-Brazilian activist Vilma Reis on March 20th for a discussion on “Afro-Feminism and Resistance in Brazil”
Afro-Brazilian activist Vilma Reis on Monday, March 20 at 4 pm in the Stern Ballroom: “Afro-Feminism and Resistance in Brazil”
March 18: Black Resistance: Septima Clark Teaching Citizenship
Date: March 18, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Location: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture | 125 Bull Street | Charleston, SC 29424
Description: Join us for a discussion on the importance of Septima Clark’s work and view some items from her collection at the Avery Research Center!
9 Facts You Should Know about Local Hero, Septima P. Clark
“I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than to believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.”- Septima P. Clark
- She is a Charleston native
Septima P. Clark was born May 3, 1898 on Wentworth St. in the historic Downtown Charleston district. Born to a former slave and Haitian laundress, her parents strived to provide a strong foundation of learning for young Septima.
- Septima was a devoted educator
Clark earned her teaching license at the age of 18 instructing black children in John’s Island and downtown at the Avery Normal Institute (now the College of Charleston Avery Research Center). Additionally, she taught black Charleston locals how to read and write in order for them to vote by using Sears catalogs and household items to instruct her students. Septima continued her education and earned her bachelor’s degree from Benedict College (1942) and her master’s from Hampton Institute (1946).
- She was an activist for black teacher pay and teacher desegregation in Charleston schools
In 1956, Clark worked closely with the Charleston Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to fight for black teachers rights to equal pay and be allowed to work in South Carolina public schools. Although her efforts were successful that year, her teaching license was revoked due to her affiliation with the NAACP. Since she could no longer teach in SC, Clark moved to Tennessee and worked for the Highlander Folk School. She helped improve students’ literacy skills and led workshops in social justice/political engagement – Rosa Parks attended one of these sessions before being at the forefront of the Montgomery bus boycott.
- Clark was a key figure of the Civil Rights Movement
In 1961, Clark went on to work for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. She was appointed as the director of teaching and education over its Citizen Education Program. Septima hosted workshops to prepare black Americans for protests and the polls. She believed that education was important for African Americans to progress forward in society. In this position, she played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and was coined the “Mother of The Movement” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- She holds many accolades and awards
Clark moved back to Charleston and was elected to the Charleston School Board in 1975 and had her teacher’s pension reinstated after her wrongful termination decades earlier. The College of Charleston awarded Septima Clark with an honorary degree and received the Living Legacy Award under President Carter the following year for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1982, she earned the highest SC civilian award, Order of the Palmetto.
- Septima Clark is a published author
Septima Clark wrote two memoirs, Echo in My Soul (1962) and Ready from Within (1986) to highlight her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and her platform of literacy, education, and political participation among African Americans. In 1987, her second book received the American Book Award.
- She has a school dedicated to her educational mission in Charleston
Clark’s legacy continues through the installment of Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy in 1990 which is an educational program that assists at-risk high school students in receiving their high school diploma.
- Clark’s life will soon appear on stage
Check out the upcoming play, SEPTIMA, commissioned by PURE Theatre and the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area to learn more about Septima Clark’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. The play will run from March 9th to April 1st at the PURE Theatre in Downtown Charleston.
- The College will be celebrating the work of Septima Clark in new exhibition
The newly installed Septima P. Clark Memorial Auditorium will be hosting an exhibition in Clark’s honor Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 5:00pm. It will be held in the Thaddeus Street Jr. Education Center at the College of Charleston. To learn more about local hero Sepitma Clark and her impact in the Charleston community, check out The College’s exhibition website. https://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/septima_clark
2022 Annual Charleston Area Branch ASALH Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration Dec. 10th at 1pm EST
You are invited to join us to celebrate the 147th birthday of Dr Carter G Woodson – “The Father of Black History.” The celebration will include tributes to the life and legacy of Dr. Woodson, a Remembrance Committee Recognition, and a panel discussion on Black Health, Wellness and Resistance: Remembering the 1969 Hospital Strike.
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1-3 pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston, 125 Bull St, Charleston SC 29401
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We will also be streaming the program on the Avery Research Center YouTube Channel
- Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, Founder, Closing the Gap in Healthcare
- Margaret Seidler, The Accidental Historian
- Donald West, Branch Historian, Charleston Area Branch of ASALH
Charleston Area Branch of ASALH, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Come to our 2022 ASALH Founder’s Day Celebration and Membership Meeting
We are honored to invite you to attend our upcoming Founder’s Day and Membership Meeting. The meeting will take place in person at the College of Charleston West Edge, Room 206 with an option to join using the zoom link below. To help us accommodate your participation, we kindly ask you to RSVP using this link: https://i.invitd.us/p-OQdzMCjoxL
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Critical Conversations at the College of Charleston on March 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM EST
Part of our Critical Conversations Series, featuring Polly Sheppard and Margaret Seidler. Moderated by Bernard Powers and Marjory Wentworth.
About this event
“Two Women Bridge the Racial Divide in a Civil Rights Journey” will be a fireside chat featuring Polly Sheppard, survivor of the Mother Emanuel AME shooting, and Margaret Seidler, a descendant of three generations of Charleston slave traders. Event will be held both live at the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center Auditorium (58 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29401) and streamed online.