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 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.
This annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Carter G. Woodson will be the culminating event 0f the year for the branch. The program will include: a tribute to Dr. Woodson; presentation of a city of Charleston proclamation declaring December 19, 2020 as Carter G. Woodson’s Day; and the presentation of the newly established Charleston Area Branch ASALH Griot award. The award honors an individual who has done outstanding worked to preserve the historical narratives of African Americans.
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.
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Black Suffragists: Pre-Civil War through the 19th Amendment and 2020 Voter Participation Update
Presenters: Dr. Gwendy Harris (Retired Rutgers University and Charleston Area Branch of ASALH) and Dr. Paula Orr (President of the Links Incorporated, Charleston SC Chapter)
Black Suffragists Lecture 7-8 pm- Gwendolyn Harris, PhD
One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment this study reviews Black Women’s suffrage from the pre-Civil War period through the ratification. Focus is placed on the participation and marginalization of Black Women in the larger suffrage movement. The work of two noted suffragists, Ida B Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell is highlighted.
Voter Participation Workshop 8-9 pm- Paula Orr, MD
The Links COVID-19 Civic Participation Task Force will provide information on the process of voting in the November 3, 2020 election as impacted by the pandemic. The task force toolkit will be discussed
Join us in this year’s virtual Middle Passage Remembrance Ceremony. See the flyers below for information.
REMEMBRANCE Virtual Sankofa Program:
Saturday, June 13, 7:00 am – Sunday, June 14, 7:00 pm
The live programming is on Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. After that time, the Libation Ceremony will be re-run and we’ll begin to run the pre-recorded interviews and other educational material.