Carolina-Barbados Connection Symposium, November 13th and 14th

This fall marks 350 years of the historical connection between Carolina and Barbados, representing migration from Barbados and the beginning of slavery in Carolina. This symposium will commemorate this connection by exploring the historical and contemporary connections between Barbados and the Carolinas.

Join the Institute for African American Research for a virtual symposium on the rich history that connects the island of Barbados and the Carolinas. The African presence in what became South Carolina dates back to the 1500s and their arrival with early Spanish explorers. In 1670, when English settlers migrating from the island of Barbados established a settlement at Charles Towne, people of African descent began arriving via the island shortly thereafter. By the year’s end, almost 30 people of African descent could be found living among about 170 Europeans and thousands of Native Americans. To learn more about the beginnings of this connection and how it has developed to the present day for Gullah Geechee folks in the Carolinas to Barbados, join and hear from scholars presenting from the Caribbean to East Coast.



Registration for Day 1: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VfIHMbq6STWv-NWsQfXz_Q

Registration for Day 2: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QknDt94ISM-TH24D40-N_w

October 25th at 6pm Presentation on the History of Violence Against the Black Church

 

Dr. Anthony Greene (African American Studies) will give a lecture on the history of violence toward the black church, from 16th Street Baptist to Mother Emanuel.  6pm, via Teams: https://bit.ly/2TaRVKP. 

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Anthony Greene (Photo by Heather Moran)

Film premiere : Gullah Roots on SCETV on Oct 1st

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will be premiering a new hour-long documentary film on October 1 entitled “Gullah Roots.” Follow members of the South Carolina, Florida and Georgia Gullah Geechee community as they experience a homecoming in Sierra Leone. You can also join community members to celebrate the debut of this project at a film screening event on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Highway 21 Drive-In, located at 55 Parker Drive in Beaufort, S.C. The event is open to the public. Additional information and a registration link can be found on Eventbrite.

The trip to Sierra Leone took place last winter and included Gullah Geechee scholars, performers and cultural ambassadors, such as Anita Singleton Prather, also known as Aunt Pearlie Sue of the Gullah Kinfolk, and Ron and Natalie Daise, as well as Victoria Smalls, a commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. While touring the country, members of the group noted powerful connections between Sierra Leone and the Gullah Geechee people.

In addition to its premiere on Oct. 1, Gullah Roots will also be airing on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. on ETV World and Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel.

Register To Vote and Make a Voting Plan

Voter Registration

South Carolina Voter Registration ends October 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

South Carolina Voter Registration Information

Voting Plan

Make a voting plan now.

  • Do you plan to cast an absentee ballot?
  • Vote at the polls on election day?
  • Voting early?

South Carolina Voting Information Page (has information about where to vote, absentee voting, and early voting)

Resources

September 2020 Program

African Americans and the Vote Lecture and Workshop

Black Suffragists: Pre-Civil War through the 19th Amendment and 2020 Voter Participation Update

Presenters: Dr. Gwendy Harris (Retired Rutgers University and Charleston Area Branch of ASALH) and Dr. Paula Orr (President of the Links Incorporated, Charleston SC Chapter)

Black Suffragists Lecture 7-8 pm- Gwendolyn Harris, PhD

One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment this study reviews Black Women’s suffrage from the pre-Civil War period through the ratification.  Focus is placed on the participation and marginalization of Black Women in the larger suffrage movement. The work of two noted suffragists, Ida B Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell is highlighted.

Voter Participation Workshop 8-9 pm- Paula Orr, MD

The Links COVID-19 Civic Participation Task Force will provide information on the process of voting in the November 3, 2020 election as impacted by the pandemic. The task force toolkit will be discussed

https://form.jotform.com/jsform/202579200737152