2021 Black History Month at The Citadel

See a listing of the events and descriptions here

The Why and the How: The Making of the International African American Museum

Tuesday, Feb. 2
3 – 4 p.m.
International African American Museum, 10 Wharfside St., Charleston
Free; closed to the public, open to media

Black History Month Virtual Presentation of the Freedom House Medics

Saturday, Feb. 16
6:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom (Meeting ID: 935 7497 9093 | Passcode: 825805)  
Free; open to the public

Discussion of “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy”

Thursday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb 24
3 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free; open to the public

SC Historical Association Annual Meeting and Conference

Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27
Virtual via Zoom
$30; open to the public

Colour of Music Virtual Festival 2021

The Colour of Music is offering a series of events for its 2021 festival see a listing of events and tickets here

Festival 2021 Opening Recital Features the African Originated Marimba – Wednesday, February 3, 7:30pm

According to oral history, the story of the marimba began in Africa, where holes were dug in the ground, wooden bars were made to cross over this hole, and the bars were struck to produce sound. The Zulu tribe of South Africa is said to have legends of a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached. During this opening event, Dr. Sean Daniels & Dr. Lawrence Quinnett, will present the Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for Xylophone & Piano.

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.

February 13th Branch Event: Preserving the Black Family through Records

Join the archival staff at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture for a discussion on the role of archivists and archives in preserving family histories

When: Saturday, February 13, 2021 via Zoom

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Sponsored by the Charleston Area Branch of ASALH and the Charleston Freedom School

Event is free and open to the public


Please use the form below to register for the event or click the link here

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:

New Publication: Black Matriarch Zine is Available

Volume One of the Black Matriarch Zine is now available!

The Goal of the Black Matriarch Zine is to honoring black women and the role they play in shaping black families, as matriarchs. Members of the African diaspora submit images and video documentation of black elders, whether they may be grandmothers, great-aunts, godmothers, or caregivers. The goal: “to create an ongoing archive commemorating the black women in our lives who were crucial in our upbringing.” ~ Alkebuluan Merriweather

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.