Check out the Avery Research Center’s Virtual Black History Program!

More often than not the celebration of black strength, tenacity, and innovation is limited to the month of February. This lack of continuous acknowledgement of the culture that defines Charleston can be extremely detrimental, especially for native children. We Celebrate Year Round is an interactive, thought provoking, and inspiring virtual black history program created to spark meaningful conversation, engage students grades K-12, while reiterating the importance of black influence on the world as we know it. Produced by Eye of Elohim Videography We Celebrate Year Round carefully configures local artisans, creatives, historians, and storytellers alike to seamlessly express the importance of not only our local history, but how we continuously enhance the world as we know it. With special guest Minerva King, Amethyst Ganaway, Geechee Experience, CofC Gospel Choir, Chef Wibi, and Avery Staff viewers will be able to not only celebrate during the anniversary, but obtain knowledge to continue the conversations year round. We Celebrate Year Round will be available to view on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm on all Avery streaming platforms.

Congratulations to ASALH student member Sarah Grace!

Sarah Grace Champagne, a ninth grader who resides in North Charleston, submitted an application for the Black History Celebration Oratorical Contest 2021 and emailed an essay with a preliminary video presentation. She was accepted for the final competition and was assigned a coach. The final video presentation is Saturday, February 27, 2021, 6-8 pm EST. We hope that you can join and support. Click the link here to join.

See here for the contest guidelines

Presentation from February 13, 2021 Branch Meeting on Preserving Your Family History through Records

Meeting was anchored by a presentation by the archival and interpretation team at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

More about preserving your family history can be found here on the ASALH 2021 Black History Theme Resource Guide and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture library guide.

Access Presentation

View the presentation below, via this link, or download it using the button below

The Black Church Screening Events

Community Drive-In Screening

Community Drive-In Screening
Saturday, February 6 at 6:30 PM

Featuring an advance look at
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s
and SCETV’s

Four Mile Community Center
1800 Labor Camp Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Join ETV Endowment, South Carolina ETV, The African-American Historic Settlement Community Commission and the Four Mile Community Center as we kick off Black History Month together. From the comfort and safety of our own vehicles, we’ll gather at the Four Mile Community Center to catch an advance glimpse of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG, a moving four-hour, two-part series airing February 16th and 23rd on SCETV. We’ll also watch the original ETV production, GULLAH ROOTS, which follows a group of Gullah Geechee cultural ambassadors from South Carolina and Georgia on a cultural heritage journey to Sierra Leone. Gates will open at 4PM with food trucks and community groups all socially distanced, and the screening will start at 6:30PM. Video and projection provided by Fox Audiovisual.

Space is limited; advance registration is stongly encouraged.

Virtual Opportunities

Wednesday, February 10 | 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy selected excerpts from Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS special, THE BLACK CHURCH, as well as a classic ETV documentary, BORN TO REBEL, DRIVEN TO EXCEL, about South Carolina’s own Benjamin Mays. Both a Baptist minister and an educator, Dr. Mays was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement. Space is limited; early reservations are strongly recommended.
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National WETA Webinar with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Thursday, February 11 | 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a 15-minute preview of this insightful upcoming PBS special, THE BLACK CHURCH, followed by a live Q&A with key participants, including series host and Executive Producer Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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About THE BLACK CHURCH: Premiering in February, The BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG reveals the broad history and culture of a living institution in African-American life: the Black church. From enslavement to emancipation, the civil rights struggle to political action at every level of society, explore how African-American faith communities have forged interracial ties and have been on the frontline of uplift and change. THE BLACK CHURCH airs February 16th and 23rd at 9PM on SCETV.

About GULLAH ROOTS: Highlighting the contributions of enslaved Africans to the building of America, the film documents the travelers and the connections they experienced between Gullah Geechee culture and West African traditions. GULLAH ROOTS continues the story that was documented in three previous films about the connections between the Gullah Geechee and Sierra Leone: Family across the Sea, The Language You Cry In, and Priscilla’s Legacy.

College of Charleston’s Department of History Inaugural Black History Month Lecture: Feb. 16, 2021

Please join the Department of History at CofC in welcoming Dr. Douglas Flowe for its inaugural Black History Month Lecture. Dr. Flowe’s lecture is entitled, “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.”

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this lecture and Q&A will be held online on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5pm EST. Please register by Feb. 15th here:

January 19, 2021 : Charleston Interreligious Council event on the Black Catholic Experience

Join the Charleston Interreligious Council for the 6th lecture of the 4th Annual James Sawers Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series

Live Virtual Event
by Judge Arthur McFarland
Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm

For registration and more information about the Interfaith Speaker Series, including recordings of past lectures please see here

All parts of the series are open and free to the public.

February 6, 2021 : Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission event titled Preserving Traditons

Join the GGCHCC for a virtual presentation given by Corey Alston and Henrietta Snype, two basket weavers native to Mount Pleasant, SC that have been weaving for 82 years combined. The two expert artisans will share their personal stories with the craft that differ but similarly strive to preserve the weaving tradition. The tradition dates back for generations in the Gullah Geechee Corridor and has strong ties to its West African origins.

To register for the event email with subject line “Sweetgrass”

January 7, 2021: Town Hall Meeting – Covid-19 and Vaccines hosted by Black Coalition Against COVID-19 (BCAC)

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EST)

Watch on Facebook: or YouTube:

Hosted by: Black Coalition Against COVID-19 (BCAC)

Description: Join ALL of the leading Black health, faith and social organizations for the latest info on COVID-19 vaccines

Branch Meeting and Roundtable: “Equity, Inclusion and the Black Family” on January 9, 2021


The first meeting of the year will include the presentation of the Charleston Area Branch 2020 Annual Report. We will begin our year-long programming on the 2021 Black history theme: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” with a roundtable discussion focusing on the City of Charleston’s special commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Diversity. Following a review of the commission’s history, purpose, mission and directives a panel including commissioners and subcommittee members will share their perspectives on the intersection of the commission’s work with ASALH’s 2021 theme “The Black Family.”

We encourage all planning to attend the roundtable to visit the commission’s website at for information on members, subcommittees, and related documents especially the framework document.


Please fill out the registration form below and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. If you do not see the e-mail immediately check your spam folder.

Schedule for CHS ASALH 2021 Branch Activities on The Black Family

See below for the schedule of programs for 2021 activities for the Branch. Programs occur on the 2nd Saturdays of the month at 1 p.m. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


•Jan 9- Advancing Equity, Inclusion & Racial Conciliation Roundtable & Town Hall Meeting

•Feb 13- Finding and Telling Your Family Story

•Mar 13- The Challenges of Parenting

•Apr 10- Closing the Health Gap

•May 8- The Role of Faith Traditions

•Jun 12- Middle Passage Remembrance Celebration

•Jul 10- Closing the Wealth Gap

•Aug 14- Closing the Education Achievement Gap

•Sept 13-106th ASALH Annual Meeting and Conference/Branch Retreat

•Oct 9- Founder’s Day/Artistic Expressions

•Nov 13- Branch Annual Meeting and Elections

•Dec 18- Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday Celebration