Colour of Music and Branch Member only Reception

Charleston Branch members are invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Colour of Music Festival founded in Charleston SC by Lee Pringle, the Artistic Director. Over the four days the festival presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music featuring classically trained musicians of African descent. ASALH members are invited to a reception celebrating the tenth anniversary and honoring Lonnie Hamilton III, musician, educator, community leader who was the first African American to serve on the Charleston County Council.

The reception will be held on Saturday, February 4 at 6pm prior to the festival finale. Information will be provided on the branch website.

Festival Schedule

About Festival

The Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences nationally. The festival has presented in Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Houston; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Sacramento, California.

Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th-century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated and prodigiously talented classical principals, composers and performers of African descent throughout the world. Yet, their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. The Colour of Music Festival’s mission is reversing this trend.

Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The Colour of Music Festival began with performances at various venues throughout historic Charleston, South Carolina and has grown to debut in cities across the country with artists from across the globe.

Assembling acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra, the Festival showcases some of the top black classical musicians in the United States, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world.

REVISED DATE: Branch Meeting and Forum: January 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. EST

Date

Saturday, Jan 21, 2023 (was formerly the 14th)

Time

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location

Riley Center for Livable Communities (178 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29403)

Description

The first membership meeting of the year will include a review of branch activities in 2022 and the presentation of the 2023 projected calendar. This will be followed by a community forum on Black Resistance History, Life and Culture – Making Connections. Participants will be asked to share ideas on how we can best explore the history of the struggle of Black Americans ‘to establish and maintain safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified and respected. Organizations are asked to share information on their programs and projects that can contribute to this year long focus on the topic of Black Resistance in its many forms

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2023 Charleston’s Black Ink Festival

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African American literature in the Charleston area. Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers of all ages

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A Memorial for the Ancestors

Over the coming months, La’Sheia Oubré and Joanna Gilmore will be working to engage community members in the process of creating the memorial. They will identify individuals in the African American community who match the demographic profiles of the thirty-six Ancestors to provide models for the hands of the Ancestors. The hands of the selected individuals will be moulded in alginate (a natural substance) and later cast in bronze and then attached to the basin. The Ancestors included infants, children, teenagers, and adult women and men.

How can I get involved?

We are looking for people to volunteer who match the demographic profiles of the Ancestors to have their hands cast. Volunteers will be asked to meet with Stephen Hayes for the molding of their hands between February 16 and 18, 2023.

Oubré and Gilmore will also work with individuals, churches and organizations to collect soil from African descendant burial grounds in Charleston. The collected soil will be used in the fabrication of the basin to symbolize the many enslaved and free Africans who lived, toiled and were buried in the earth upon which our city is built.

If you know of a particular burial ground or your church or family members are connected to a sacred burial ground and you would like to collect soil to be used in the memorial design please contact us.

To register your interest in serving as a hand model or to volunteer to collect soil from a burial ground that is meaningful for you or your community, please click the link below

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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.

Date/Time

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1-3 pm

Location

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston, 125 Bull St, Charleston SC 29401

In-Person RSVP

Attend Virtually

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://cofc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpdeuurD0oH93SVDXnZj2V0VcBh1OW2Nad

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

Panelists

  • Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, Founder, Closing the Gap in Healthcare
  • Margaret Seidler, The Accidental Historian
  • Donald West, Branch Historian, Charleston Area Branch of ASALH

Sponsor(s)

Charleston Area Branch of ASALH, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Life and Lore of Sterling A. Brown: Celebrating Poetry, Prose, and Music

A virtual symposium at Williams College, October 19-21, 2022

The Life and Lore of Sterling A. Brown: Celebrating Poetry, Prose, and Music, will be happening next week, October 20-21, 2022. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Imani Perry and Dr. Paula Giddings. There will also be panel sessions, music performances, a table read from the play “Brown, Sterling” by Vantile E. Harris, and a closing with the Cornelius Eady Trio band. Find out more information about the lineup and to register click here: https://specialcollections.williams.edu/sab/.

Prof. Sterling A. Brown (‘22) was a scholar, educator, poet, critic, and jazz and blues aficionado. Considered the “Dean of African-American Literature,” Sterling A. Brown was foundational in framing the African-American literary tradition, its advancement as a field of scholarly study, and for creating and inspiring discourse around folklore as a Black aesthetic. This symposium is two-fold, as it will mark the much anticipated opening of the Sterling A. Brown papers as well as celebrate his centennial graduation from Williams College. The symposium will engage local communities,  writers,  scholars, and performing artists for a multidisciplinary conversation on Sterling A. Brown and African-American cultural production. 

Serve your community. Become a poll worker.

Our democracy depends on hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who act as poll workers to make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. But during the pandemic, we’re facing an unprecedented shortage of poll workers that could mean closed polling places and long delays during the November election.

Thus, we urge folk to visit Power the Polls, an initiative to recruit poll workers. Sign up to Power the Polls today, to help make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all voters.

Join a film screening of Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are) at Charleston County Public Library hosted by Learn from History

Join for a screening and discussion of the 2021 documentary ‘Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are)!

Urgent and complex, Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are) travels across the United States, exploring how Americans tell the story of their Civil War. Filmed from the last year of Obama’s presidency through the present, it interweaves insightful scenes and touching interviews filmed North and South, painting a uniquely crafted, multi-faceted portrait of the American psyche and the deep roots of its turbulent times. With delicacy and strength, subtlety and determination, Civil War lays bare a nation in denial, haunted by an embittered past and the stories it refuses to tell.

Time and Date

Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT

Location

Charleston County Public Library – Otranto Road Library in the Otranto – Community Room

2261 Otranto Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Register Here

Trailer

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

Meeting URL:https://cofc.zoom.us/j/8910318406?from=addon
Meeting ID:891 031 8406