Monthly Archives: October 2012

Essay Contest through the National Council for Black Studies


College Student Essay Contest
DEADLINE:  December 14, 2012  (must be received by this date)

 Submit your essay today to compete in the NCBS Annual Student Essay Competition!  Winners will be recognized at the March Conference Student Luncheon.  


1st Place –  $350.00
2nd Place – $250.00
3rd Place –  $125.00

1st Place –  $450.00
2nd Place – $350.00
3rd Place –  $225.00

 Winners will be notified by February 1, 2013.


  • Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
  • Must bet typed in MS Word, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins left-to-right and top-to-bottom.
  • 8.5″ w by 11″ high standard printing paper
  • Students are asked to document sources using either MLA or APA style guide.
  • Submissions must be mailed to the address below.  Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted!
  • Please include the following information on your COVER SHEET ONLY:
  • Name
  • Class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
  • Mailing addres
  • Telephone number
  • Email Address
  • Name of college or university
  • Name of Faculty Advisor
  • DO NOT include the above information on any subsequent pages of the essay other than on the cover sheet.

 Send all manuscripts to:
National Office, NCBS
Africana Studies Department
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210370
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

Street/Overnight Address:
National Office, NCBS
Africana Studies Department/span>
University of Cincinnati
2815 Commons Way, 3514 French Hall, West
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

Advocacy in Action, “A Red, White & Blue Affair” on Friday October 26, 7pm

Each year, the ROAR Scholars Program holds an, “Advocacy in Action Forum,” event that brings students, faculty, staff together to discuss advocacy issues in our modern society. 

Our final event is our advocacy forum “A Red, White, and Blue Affair”, where we will have a speaker who will help vocalize the importance of advocacy and being active as a citizen.

This year our speaker will be Jeff Johnson, a Washington, DC – based, award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, and political commentator. He will be speaking on campus in the Stern Center Ballroom, at the College of Charleston, on October 26th from 7 – 8pm. A pre-event reception will be held from 6-7 pm in the Stern Center. Both events are free and open to the College of Charleston community.

This year’s topic of the talk will be:

 “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?” 

This program is sponsored by ROAR Scholars Program, Office of Research and Grants Accounting, C.A.B., Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Political Science, African- American Studies, and Communications Departments.

If you have any questions regarding this upcoming event please call the ROAR Scholars Program at 843-953-6435 to get more information.



Distinguished Romance Novelist to visit with AAST minors & students of ENGL 364

On Friday, October 19, the African American Studies program will be pleased to welcome on campus a distinguished romance novelist, AlTonya Washington.  She will be visiting with Dr. Conseula Francis’ English 364 class which is focused on Black Women Writers. 

After class, all African American Studies students are invited to attend a lunch discussion with Ms. Washington in the 9 College Way conference room at noon.

About Ms. Washington: (from her website,

“AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 9 years. Her novel Finding Love Again won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Multicultural Romance in 2004.

She lives in North Carolina and recently received her Masters Degree in Library Science. She’s served as an Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC where she taught “Writing the Romance Novel” for two years.”

StoryCorps is coming to Charleston

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, is coming to South Carolina to collect stories from the Palmetto State.

About StoryCorps: StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps–all of which are New York Times best sellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit

StoryCorps will bring their MobileBooth (an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio) to Ansonborough Field in Charleston, SC from October 25, 2012 to November 19, 2012. Reservations will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 11 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other, with a trained StoryCorps facilitator guiding the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

In Charleston, StoryCorps will partner with ETV Radio, South Carolina’s NPR affiliate. ETV Radio will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

College of Charleston Theatre Presents Tale of Sisterhood, Survival and Independence

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage. Set in 1898 Kansas, the story follows a family of African American women who will do whatever it takes to protect each other and their land. The play looks past history and racism to consider the toll of slavery on succeeding generations, the strength derived from family and self-respect, and the self-determination that comes with land ownership.

The production will run Thursday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 3 p.m. only. Shows will take place at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by telephone (843) 953-5604. Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for College of Charleston students, faculty and staff and senior citizens 60 and older. Season subscriptions are available. The “talkback” discussions with the cast and crew will take place opening night following the performance.

Director and associate professor Joy Vandervort-Cobb has been inspired by Pearl Cleage for a long time. ”I read once that Ms. Cleage said, ‘Theatre is my hollerin’ place,’ and I loved that. And, having directed and taught “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” I knew exactly what she was speaking of. She has a way of sticking a lot of issues in one piece, and I like pieces that give you, the audience, something to chew on. In ‘Flyin’ West,’ Ms. Cleage’s strong women have survived harsh winters and harsh circumstances, recognizing that the bond of sisterhood and family should lift us to not only survive, but triumph.”

Pearl Cleage has written over a dozen plays, including “Bourbon at the Border” and “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” the latter having been performed in Atlanta for the 1996 Cultural Olympiad in conjunction with the 1996 Olympic Games. Cleage has written three novels, the most well-known being What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, which was an Oprah’s Book club selection and a New York Times bestseller.

Austin Cantrell, senior Theatre major, designed costumes for this period piece. Celeste Riddle, whose scenic artist work was last seen in the College’s recent production of “All’s Well that Ends Well,” has designed a multi-level set meant to capture the simplicity of a hand-built home in Nicodemus, Kansas, in 1898, while supported by Assistant Professor Paul Collins’ lighting that reminds us of how expansive and beautiful the land was.

The cast includes all College of Charleston students, including seniors theatre majors Alanda Parker (“Antony and Cleopatra,” “Long Time Since Yesterday”) Rashida Beach (“Tintypes”), Chelsé Brown-Barnes and Gregory Mangieri, along with newcomers to the mainstage, freshman Aven Pigatt and junior Monica Raymond.