Events

Virtual Tour of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Parkin Beaufort, SC sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law on March 12, 2019, and outlined the creation of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. This network, managed by Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, includes sites and programs that are affiliated with the Reconstruction Era, but not necessarily managed by the National Park Service. The network facilitates and reviews Reconstruction Era related research and collaboration with affiliated sites and programs through agreements and partnerships. This network is nationwide and works to provide opportunities for visitors to connect to the stories of Reconstruction.

Join Park Ranger Chris Barr for a virtual tour and learn about the integration of newly freed African Americans into social society after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in Beaufort County, SC

Find out more about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission here.

Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) Inaugural Lecture, March 25th at 6:00 p.m.


Mark your calendars and spread the word. Dr. Hilary Green, Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama, will be delivering the inaugural Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) Scholarly Lecture next Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 pm EST via Zoom. Her talk is titled “Untangling Campus Histories of Slavery.”

To register, use this link.

Sistahs in Indigo: A Conversation with Arianne King Comer and Ifé Franklin

The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston, in conjunction with Avery Research Center and the Gibbes Museum of Art, will host their annual artists’ lecture event: Sistahs in Indigo: A Conversation with Arianne King Comer and Ifé Franklin.

Join us for an insightful conversation between two indigo-making artists about the ancestral craft of indigo-dying and its connection to the Lowcountry. Arianne King Comer is Artist-in-Residence at the Gibbs Museum and will be joined in conversation by fellow artist and master dyer, Ifé Franklin. Erica Veal, Project Archivist and Interpretation Specialist at Avery Research Center, will moderate the conversation.

The virtual event will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11am EST. You will not need to register to attend the event; we will stream the event on the Avery Research Center’s Youtube page (https://tinyurl.com/IndigoSistahs).

Join ASALH Festival Marquee Event, Back by Popular Demand


Greetings!

Back by popular demand, ASALH presents an encore viewing of A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham on Friday, March 26 at 4 pm (est). Don’t miss this March marquee festival event replay!


ASALH guests who purchased the premier showing on February 20, 2021 can view the encore performance at no additional charge.

If you missed it, you can get a ticket here

Other festival. Events can be viewed on ASALH TV via YouTube.

See the festival souvenir journal here

NMAAHC’s MAKING AFRICAN AMERICA: A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness (March 5 – 20)

The Making African America symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States.

Explore the program and register here

Deep Blue : An Indigo Exhibition exhibition at the Public Works Art Center (Summerville, SC) from March 6 to April 16

Opening Saturday: “Deep Blue: An Indigo Exhibition” features eleven indigo artists from across the Lowcountry and beyond, including Kibibi Ajanku, Kristy Bishop, Arianne King Comer, Kelly Fort, Dale Fort, Ifé Franklin, Caroline Harper, Heather Powers, Marion Scott Readett, Pam Shanley, and Mary Young, Each artist individually explores their connections to the historically significant plant, sharing works of art that summon stories and encourage introspection. Programming will accompany this show throughout its run, including a streaming of the documentary film “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” by Mary Lance, off-site excursions to a local indigo farm, shibori classes, outdoor indigo workshops, and more. This show runs March 6-April 16 in the East Gallery at Public Works Art Center, and the official reception will be Thursday, March 18 from 6pm-8:30pm. *There will be a virtual offering of this exhibition in the way of a professional video presentation. Stay tuned!*

Summit Series Finale with Mehrsa Baradaran: The Color of Money and the History of Black Banks

Wed, Mar 10, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

The Color of Money author and professor Mehrsa Baradaran will discuss the history of Black banking in America. Her keynote address will connect the origins of Black banking with the oppressive policies that created today’s racial wealth gap. The second half of the finale will feature a discussion focused on South Carolina communities as seen through the lens of Baradaran’s work. Join the conversation by purchasing the book through Turning Page Bookshop, a Black-owned independent bookstore in Goose Creek, SC.

Register using this link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3066453676193502476

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

Black History Month Art Exhibit on February 27th at the St. Julian Devine Community Center

Exhibit is a partnership between Charleston Black Lives Matter, Eastside Community Development Center, and City of Charleston Recreational Department on February 27th at 3pm EST. Come view art work of Charleston County’s middle school and high school students in celebration of Black History Month! Mask Required.

Register here (free).