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PROGRAM TITLE: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration CARTER G. WOODSON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
DATE AND TIME: December 18, 2021 1-3 PM Via Zoom
SPONSOR: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH
DESCRIPTION: A celebration honoring the birthday of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and year end party for branch members, friends and supporters.
Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, President Elect ASALH National
Dr. Bernard Powers, Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston
Dr. Tamara Butler, Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Call to Order
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Forum – The Legacy of Dr Carter G. Woodson
Presenters: Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney and Dr. Bernard Powers
Woodson Birthday Celebration
The Charleston Area Branch of ASALH will celebrate Founders Day by welcoming Dr. Tonya Matthews, who is the new Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum (IAAM). The Museum is located at the historical site of Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina and is scheduled to open in 2022. IAAM has been described as “one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as America continues the walk toward ‘a more perfect union’”
A thought leader in inclusive frameworks, social entrepreneurship and education Dr. Matthews will share her thoughts on the historical importance of ASALH, the Black family and her vision for IAAM at this moment of racial reckoning.
We will also welcome the inaugural class of the College of Charleston’s 1967 Legacy Program. The program is comprised of a group of high achieving Black students pursuing excellence in the tradition of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Introduction of Featured Speaker
Featured Speaker Remarks: Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, International African American Museum, Charleston SC
Special Guest Presentation: College of Charleston 1967 Legacy Program
Dr. Tonya M. Matthews
Dr. Tonya M. Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum (IAAM) at the historically sacred site of Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, SC. As a champion of authentic, empathetic storytelling of American history, IAAM is one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as America continues the walk toward “a more perfect union.”
A thought-leader in inclusive frameworks, social entrepreneurship, and education, Matthews has written articles and book chapters across these varied subjects. She is founder of The STEMinista Project, a movement to engage girls in their future with STEM careers. Matthews is also a poet and is included in 100 Best African-American Poems (2010) edited by Nikki Giovanni. Matthews received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her B.S.E. in engineering from Duke University, alongside a certificate in African/African-American Studies.
The Legacy 1967 Program aims to improve the recruitment, retention, graduation and workplace success of Black students through scholarships, enhanced and extended education support, and professional preparation, as well as research the experiences of the Black trailblazers who contributed to the College.
Register below to obtain the Zoom meeting information.
The Global Journey Scholars Program encourages students to explore African history throughout the year. We highlight the vast contributions and influence of Africans and Africans born in America and other countries who have been instrumental in contributing to society and humanity. All students in grades 5-12 are eligible to apply.
To pay homage to Kunta Kinte and the many ancestors who shared a similar journey during the MAAFA, the August /September Global Journey Scholar will prepare works that examine the importance of remembering history through names.
Today, in the state of Maryland, there is a township in Prince George’s County called “Mitchellville, Maryland”. But did you know that in 1862, a township called Mitchelville was formed in South Carolina? Names have always been important to African, Gullah and American traditions. It is a way to remain connected to memories and energy of significant people (i.e., ancestors), important events and historical places. Many cities, states and countries are currently in the midst of ensuring equity in the recognition, remembrance and celebration of the contributions of people of African descent.
Global Journey Scholar Contest:
Find out more about the two townships called Mitchelville.
Compare Mitchellville, MD and Mitchelville, SC. What are the similarities between the two townships and populations? How are the two townships different?
1. Immerse yourself in being a journalist. Using the 5 W’s (who, what , when, where, and why) conduct research to find out and report on how Mitchelville SC was established. Remember that it is important to use multiple sources and verify your sources of information. To share your findings, you may create a timeline, research report, creative visual artwork or video that showcases how the Gullah people of West African descent residing in Mitchelville, SC persevered, maintained and demonstrated West African culture and traditions when they created their own community in SC.
2. Immerse yourself in being an architect. Design your vision of what the next Mitchellville city or town might look like in the future. What might you and your team of engineers, construction workers, city planners and other members of the project team consider as your begin the design project. Think about the current design of Mitchellville, Maryland. What are some considerations that would be important to you and future generations who would live there to foster healthy communities that serves the needs of the citizens of the future. For example, if you had control of city planning, where would you place residential communities? What style of communities would you have? How would you build environmental sustainability into your city model? How would you ensure that you have the proper infrastructure for transportation, public health and educational systems? What role would animal rights play? Where would potentially displaced animals be relocated to in your design?
Due to COVID-19, the Global Journey Scholars Award portion will be virtual. Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival will announce the winner live at the event and a recording will be posted to the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival and Global Journey for Children websites and social media.
All submissions are due September 20, 2021 by 11:39PM EST.
Join the Avery Research Center for African American History for a variety of August Programming https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter
PROGRAM TITLE: The Black Family: Worship Traditions and Faith Institutions
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 1-3PM EST via Zoom
SPONSORS: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH
DESCRIPTION: Worship traditions and faith institutions are a significant historic element of African American life and culture. This forum will explore the rich diversity of these traditions and institutions with a focus on their roles and impact on the Black family.
MODERATOR: Dennis Muhammad, Esq.
Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for our project launch on June 26th with insightful presentations by Tracey Artis from Black Family Reunion and Therese Nelson of Black Culinary History. Through this launch event, we hope to inspire families to reconnect and reemerge whole through archiving, storytelling, and breaking bread guided by both our live and pre-recorded sessions.
In continuing this year’s theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is excited to announce a new national campaign, “The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling.” Launching in collaboration with NY Life and Archival Alchemy®, the campaign encourages participants to host intergenerational Black family reunions—virtual or in person—to explore their unique African American heritage and family History.
“The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling” will include prerecorded workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and a certificate program to guide participants through tools of oral storytelling, genealogy, and familial archiving that may serve as a roadmap to their reunions, after a year apart.
There are several opportunities to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday in the Lowcountry. Check out the individual events below.
Join ASALH on Tuesday June 1st 8/7c on #ASALHTV Don’t miss: “Surviving the Tulsa Race Massacre: Voices of Resistance, Then and Now” feat John W. Franklin & The late John Hope Franklin; Brittney C Cooper, Ph.D. Elder Olivia Hooker & ASALH Nat’l President Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham Spread the word!