Public Program on Coronavirus Impact on African Americans to be Held Sunday, October 31st at 3pm in Mount Pleasant

For Immediate Release – Oct. 24, 2021
Contact – Michael Allen, 1-843-696-9558


Public Program on Coronavirus Impact on African Americans to be Held Sunday in Mount Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant — The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission will host a public event at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion in Mount Pleasant. SCAAHC will showcase its “Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic” initiative, an oral history project that captured more than 100 African American voices in South Carolina about the Coronavirus’ impact on their lives.

Highlighting the event will be a panel discussion featuring local authorities in healthcare and African American history, and Charleston residents whose voices were added to the project. The panel will be moderated by Michael Allen, one of the most preiminent historians in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, renowned for helping develop the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park. The distinguished panel guests will be:

Dr. Thaddeus Bell, a Charleston physician in family practice, and founder and CEO of Closing the Gap in Healthcare, a non-profit that provides health education to African Americans and under-served communities to reduce health disparities;
Dr. Bernard Powers, professor emeritus of history at the College of Charleston and director of its Center for the Study of Slavery;
Dr. Brigid Sullivan, a local hospitalist physician at East Cooper Medical Center where she also serves as the chief of the Department of Medicine;
Mrs. Jackie Conyers, Charleston Housing Authority employee whose voice was added to the project.

Since May 2020, SCAAHC’s Portraits of a Pandemic project has captured narratives, interviews, poetry, paintings, photography and other expressions from South Carolinians, including many in Charleston. In July 2021, an exhibit of some of those expressions was installed at the South Carolina Archives and History Center in Columbia and was available for viewing for two months. A virtual version of that exhibit can be found here. The Commission continues to accept submissions at this link, and has expanded the program into 35 counties in North Carolina. A virtual exhibit of both states will be available in the Spring of 2022.

The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion is at 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd in Mount Pleasant. Seating is limited and CDC protocols for social distancing and mask wearing will be followed. For additional information on this event please contact Michael Allen at 1-843-696-9558.

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“Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic” was made possible by the generous support of the 1772 Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and South Carolina Humanities. Sunday’s program is being held in collaboration with the town of Mount Pleasant.

April 10, 2021: Branch Meeting and Panel on Promoting Health and Wellness

Program Title: The Black Family-Promoting Health and Wellness

Date: April 10, 2021 via Zoom

Time: Membership Meeting at 1pm; Program at 1:50pm

Description

Membership meeting to be followed by a panel discussion

The Covid-19 pandemic has refocused and reinforced attention on the existence of health disparities for Black Americans. Our panel of health care providers will explore the family based issues, strategies, and actions that impact health and wellness outcomes.

Panelists

  • Thaddeus J. Bell, MD, Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.
    • Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell is a practicing Family Practice Physician in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the Founder of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. (CGHC), a non-profit organization created to decrease health disparities by providing health education for African Americans and other under-served populations. Closing the Gap in Health Care radio health tips as well as the website  has received  National Awards from the National Health Foundation as one the best programs of its kind in the Country in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • Paula Orr, MD, Charleston Women’s Wellness Center
    • As board-certified GYN, Dr. Paula Orr brings more than 20 years of extensive experience in every aspect of women’s care. Specializing in Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Advance Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgery, to alternative medicine and preventative medicine to treat many gynecological ailments, you will find the experience and care that you need. In addition, Dr. Orr and her staff work to treat the total woman, Body, Mind and Spirit. That’s why you will find a relaxing, motivational, and caring environment inside our practice.

Moderator

  • Gwendolyn Harris, PhD, Charleston Branch Program Committee

Registration