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Prof. Vanessa Agard-Jones to Deliver the 2016–2017 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture

The late Conseula Francis (1973–2016), the former director of the African American Studies Program, was deeply committed to mentoring and supporting junior faculty, and one of the many ways in which she championed the work of junior scholars in the … Continue reading

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“The African American Roots of Betsy DeVos’s Education Platform”

Professor Jon Hale wrote the article “The African American Roots of Betsy DeVos’s Education Platform” which was published in The Atlantic. The article looks at the long history of privatizing public schools in the African American community, which will only … Continue reading

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“A Worrying Exhale of an Ache” by Professor Mari N. Crabtree

“The sigh is a pathway to breath; it allows breathing. That’s just self-preservation. No one fabricates that. You sit down, you sigh. You stand up, you sigh. The sighing is a worrying exhale of an ache. You wouldn’t call it … Continue reading

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Meet the New Director!

Dr Kameelah Martin will be joining us in Fall 2017 from Savannah State University where she has been teaching in the Department of English, Language, and Cultures since 2013. Dr Martin’s academic pedigree includes a BA in English (with a … Continue reading

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African American Studies Faculty Respond to the Michael Slager Trial

In the wake of the mistrial declaration on Monday in the murder case against former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, we reprint below a letter that African American Studies-affiliated faculty at the College of Charleston sent to the editor … Continue reading

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The Black and White Views of Charleston’s Racially Charged Murder Trials

Two courts in the city of Charleston are currently overseeing high-profile, racially charged murder trials–that of Michael Slager and Dylann Roof–and although the cases differ in their particulars, both of these crimes speak to the pervasiveness of white supremacy locally and nationally. In an interview with Brandon Patterson, … Continue reading

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Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

On Friday, December 2nd at 12pm on South Carolina Public Radio Prof. Jon N. Hale, author of “The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement” will be discussing with Dr. Edgar the history of the Freedom Schools … Continue reading

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Publications by Dr. Anthony D. Greene

We are proud to announce the two following publications by Dr. Anthony D. Greene, an assistant professor in the African American Studies Program. The first publication is “You Must Learn: How Racial and Ethnic Socialization Affirms Black Identity among Black … Continue reading

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Faculty in the News

Dr. Bernard Powers spent time with Pharrell Williams earlier this month during Williams trip to Charleston. Check out the ABC 4 News article here http://abcnews4.com/archive/during-tour-of-charleston-pharrell-realizes-ancestors-probably-came-through-harbor-during-slave-trade

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Wearing Smiles, Wearing Masks

Wearing Smiles, Wearing Masks Prof. Mari N. Crabtree assistant professor of African American Studies I am a historian, and so I have no illusions about whether the past often rhymes with the present or whether the past intrudes upon the … Continue reading

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