Charleston’s City Paper has provided another account of College of Charleston’s recent panel series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the desegregation of South Carolina’s public education system. To read the full article, click here.
The College of Charleston recently hosted a panel of current and former South Carolina residents to recount their personal experiences during the initial desegregation of public schools. To read The Post and Courier‘s coverage of the panel, click here.
Red Tails, an upcoming film produced by George Lucas, will bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen–a group of African American fighter pilots deployed during World War II–to the silver screen. To read The Post and Courier’s article concerning the film, including its South Carolina ties, click here.
The Gibbes Museum of Art is showcasing an iconic collection of Civil Rights era photographs by acclaimed photographer James Karales. Engaged as a photo-journalist for Look magazine, Karales witnessed and documented many historic events during the Civil Rights movement and created some of the era’s most iconic images. Between 1960 and 1965, Karales covered stories on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) conventions in Birmingham, and finally, the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Karales traveled extensively with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and captured rare and poignant images of the leader in both public and private moments.
On view January 11 through May 12, 2013, this exhibition features forty-five vintage photographs from the Estate of James Karales that offer insight into this remarkable period of history—a period in which the visual image was crucial in communicating the struggle for justice to the world.
Under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames and David A. Richardson, CSO Spiritual Ensemble and Charleston Symphony orchestra’s multi-media performance dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was well received by the capacity audience in the historic Morris Street Baptist Church’s sanctuary, a congregation Dr. King provided a sermon in 1968 before his death the same year. The CSO Spiritual Ensemble and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra merged European masterworks with dramatic aria’s and the African-American spiritual. The weaving of two enthralled the audience as the classics and the indigenous A cappella sounds of the Spiritual told the incredible legacy Dr. King gave the world. Through the eyes of the freedom riders fifty-one years ago, the timed photo images connected all the senses in on of the most moving performances producer Lee Pringle has ever conceived.
“The SC Traveler Newsletter,” South Carolina National Heritage Corridor’s guide to the most unique spots in South Carolina, has included coverage of the Jubilee Project in the January/February 2013 issue. To read the article, as well as other interesting information about travel sites related to African American history, click here.
The Department of Teacher Education and the College of Charleston is pleased to welcome Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Christopher Span from the University of Illinois for a series of workshops and lectures, entitled “The History of Education and the Black Freedom Struggle: Resistance, Desegregation, and the Continued Struggle for Quality Education.” Drs. Anderson and Span are renowned historians of black education who have examined the long struggle to obtain a quality education. Beyond extensive publication records, their work has included diversifying higher education and serving as Supreme Court expert witnesses on Affirmative Action cases.
February 20, 4:00-6:00 pm: “Understanding Educational Inequality in American Education” 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth) This is workshop and student-panel led by Dr. Christopher Span that addresses the history of the Achievement Gap and its implication for schools today.
February 21, 11:00 am-12:30 pm: “Fifty Years of Desegregation in Charleston: A Panel Discussion with the First Students to Desegregate South Carolina Schools,” 00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth). This is a community panel discussion with Millicent Brown and the other students who were the first to desegregate South Carolina schools in 1963.
February 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, “Affirmative Action and the New Color Line: Fisher v. University of Texas and Public Discourse about Race in Educational Policy” at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (125 Bull Street). This lecture by Dr. James Anderson will address the history of Affirmative Action, how this policy continues to promote diversity in American society, and the ongoing threat this policy faces today.