Regina E. Williams is a poet, writer, and writing consultant whose poetry and fiction have appeared worldwide. She has performed her work nationally in high schools, colleges, churches, as well as on national radio. She has participated in various panel discussions and dialogues on issues relating to the black community, Womanism, and writing. As an associate with Writer’s Insight, a writing consultant agency, Regina designed and conducted writing workshops for students and teachers in high schools, colleges, and various civic and community institutions and organizations.
She also served as a Managing Editor for Metro Exchange a monthly newspaper published by Intergroup Marketing & Communications, Inc. Regina is a founding member of Metamorphosis Writer’s Collective and “Ain’t I a Woman” Writers Collective, and a member of New Renaissance Writers Guild, and New Bones, a promotion/production group designed to promote black literature and music. Regina grew up in an immigrant community in Brooklyn, New York. She quickly became fascinated with people: the climates and typography of the countries they came from, the musicality or lack of such in the languages they spoke, the uniqueness of the clothes they wore, the different spicing of their foods; the discovery that everyone did not worship as her family did. Her curiosity led her to travel to many places to broaden her understanding of global customs, art, and culture.
A family friendly event, the Black Food Truck Festival highlights the most delicious food trucks in combination with culture, music, and fun.
Anticipation and excitement for BFTF is high with attendees and vendors from all over the southeast set out to embark on a tremendous celebration like no other. We welcome all of you to celebrate with us, the first of many.
Event is open to the public in-person (mask wearing is required) and online.
As part of the College of Charleston’s Provost’s Critical Conversations, each student in the First Year Experience seminar FYE 114 (including the 1967 Legacy Scholars) will share their research on an African American trailblazer, event, or organization that has made an impact at the College of Charleston and the world-at-large.
Featured topics: Avery Normal Institute and the 1944 letter writing campaign to desegregate the College of Charleston, early black integrators, tributes to Linda Dingle Gadson (Class of 1971), Remus Harper (Class of 1972), Otto German (Class of 1973), Francis Sturcken, the history of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. House on the CofC campus, Dennis Muhammad (Class of 1992), Shannon Matthews Chandler (Class of 1995)
The College of Charleston’s Department of Political Science invites you to our annual convocation. Our guest speaker, Congressman James E. Clyburn, will be here to discuss the importance of voting rights.
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.
“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.
2021 MOJA Arts Festival poster, featuring the artwork of Arianne King Comer.
Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. She is a textile artist creating her work in paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home deco, as well as social justice.
In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. She was given the Yoruba name of Osun Ronke.
She was owner of Ibile Indigo House on St Helena House ’98-04. In 2004, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a guest artist sponsored by her daughter, a designer/stylist, Nicole King Burroughs. Arianne created one of a kind jean for Mavi Jeans’s. In 2007, she had the opportunity to join The Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2006-7, Arianne was artist in Residence for North Charleston Cultural Affairs Office. In 1999, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “Messengers of the Spirit,” and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV’s “Country Style,” which is still in syndication. She is an active member of Alternate ROOTS, Charleston Rhizome and a designer for Seeking Indigo. Her work is in several traveling exhibitions nationally as well as statewide.
Program Title: The Black Family-Promoting Health and Wellness
Date: April 10, 2021 via Zoom
Time: Membership Meeting at 1pm; Program at 1:50pm
Membership meeting to be followed by a panel discussion
The Covid-19 pandemic has refocused and reinforced attention on the existence of health disparities for Black Americans. Our panel of health care providers will explore the family based issues, strategies, and actions that impact health and wellness outcomes.
Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell is a practicing Family Practice Physician in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the Founder of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. (CGHC), a non-profit organization created to decrease health disparities by providing health education for African Americans and other under-served populations. Closing the Gap in Health Care radio health tips as well as the website has received National Awards from the National Health Foundation as one the best programs of its kind in the Country in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
As board-certified GYN, Dr. Paula Orr brings more than 20 years of extensive experience in every aspect of women’s care. Specializing in Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Advance Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgery, to alternative medicine and preventative medicine to treat many gynecological ailments, you will find the experience and care that you need. In addition, Dr. Orr and her staff work to treat the total woman, Body, Mind and Spirit. That’s why you will find a relaxing, motivational, and caring environment inside our practice.
Gwendolyn Harris, PhD, Charleston Branch Program Committee
Join us for an insightful conversation between two indigo-making artists about the ancestral craft of indigo-dying and its connection to the Lowcountry. Arianne King Comer is Artist-in-Residence at the Gibbs Museum and will be joined in conversation by fellow artist and master dyer, Ifé Franklin. Erica Veal, Project Archivist and Interpretation Specialist at Avery Research Center, will moderate the conversation.
The virtual event will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11am EST. You will not need to register to attend the event; we will stream the event on the Avery Research Center’s Youtube page (https://tinyurl.com/IndigoSistahs).
Back by popular demand, ASALH presents an encore viewing of A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham on Friday, March 26 at 4 pm (est). Don’t miss this March marquee festival event replay!
ASALH guests who purchased the premier showing on February 20, 2021 can view the encore performance at no additional charge.
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.