An Evening with Sebastian Junger!

Tickets to An Evening With Sebastian Junger are now available online at!

The Friends of the Library are proud to present


An Evening with Sebastian Junger

Acclaimed war correspondent, bestselling author and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker


When… Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time… VIP Reception with Sebastian Junger: 6:00pm
Keynote Address: 7:00pm

Where… Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library

Sebastian Junger’s keynote address, entitled “War: One Year with A Platoon in the Most Dangerous Valley in Afghanistan”, will focus on his fifteen months embedded with a US Army platoon in the Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Mr. Junger’s objective coverage of the combat experiences of soldiers and civilians has earned him respect on all sides of the political spectrum. He will touch on the reasons for, realties of, and observations gleaned from his time with our troops.


Tickets to the VIP reception at $125.00 per person and include preferential seating at the keynote address. Tickets for the keynote address only are $45.00 per person. Limited tickets will be sold, so get yours now and please spread the word!

Proceeds from An Evening With Sebastian Junger will establish the FIRST scholarship specifically for veteran students at the College of Charleston. In supporting Sebastian Junger’s visit, you’ll be supporting a soldier’s transition from military to civilian life.

Please visit for more information or to purchase tickets!

Unearthing Treasures: Tracing Your African American Ancestors at the South Carolina Historical Society

newheadUnearthing Treasures: Tracing Your African American Ancestors at the South Carolina Historical Society

On Saturday, November 9, the South Carolina Historical Society will partner with Lowcountry Africana to host a day-long introductory seminar on tracing African American ancestry in South Carolina, showcasing the rich archival resources at the SCHS and how these can open new research windows for African American ancestry research. Conducted by Toni Carrier, Ramona LaRoche, and Paul Garbarini with help from the South Carolina Historical Society’s archival staff, the seminar will cover the most important aspects and research strategies for finding ancestors of African descent. Treasures from the SCHS’s rich collection will be on display and will inform our discussion.

Participants will spend the morning learning how to decipher meaning from archival records such as plantation journals, maps, and plats, and images. In addition, the wealth of web-based resources for conducting African American genealogical research, many of which are available through Lowcountry Africana’s website, will be discussed.

After lunch, the remainder of the seminar will be spent conducting hands-on archival research in the collections of the South Carolina Historical Society with assistance from seminar leaders and archivists.

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 (for lunch)
Location: 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

To register, please call Virginia Ellison at 843-723-3225 ext. 11

This is event is made possible through generous sponsorship from the Humanities Council of South Carolina.

Boren Awards and the African Languages Initiative

The Boren Awards African Languages Initiative is now in its fourth year.  Undergraduate and graduate students can receive funding to study over the summer at the University of Florida (Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu) and overseas (French, Portuguese, Swahili).  The applications are now available.


Boren Awards and the African Languages Initiative – Now with French

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.


For the fourth year in a row, through the African Languages Initiative funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida’s summer 2014 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren funded programs.


•         Akan/Twi


•         French (requires intermediate-high or above proficiency)


•         Hausa


•         Swahili


•         Wolof


•         Yoruba


•         Zulu

In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2014 in the following countries.


•         Senegal (French)


•         Mozambique (Portuguese)


•         Tanzania (Swahili)


For a full explanation of the African Languages Initiative, including information on the domestic and overseas programs, please go to and look under announcements on the left side of the page.


For more information about the Boren Awards and the African Languages Initiative, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

Congratulations Senator Elect Marlon Kimpson!



State Sen.-elect Marlon Kimpson credited many people for his landslide win Tuesday — his wife and family, his campaign staff, advisers and volunteers, Democratic leaders — and tea party Republicans in Congress.

Marlon Kimpson


Age: 44

Education: Morehouse College; University of South Carolina Law School

Family: Wife, Kimberlyn, one daughter.

Occupation: Lawyer with Motley Rice.

Previous elective office: None.

Previous public service: Former first vice chair of S.C. Democratic Party; former chairman of the State Election Commission.

Contact information: (843) 225-2777;;


That might sound strange coming from Charleston’s newest Democratic lawmaker, but Kimpson thinks last week’s government shutdown helped push his vote toward 80 percent.

During the campaign, Kimpson made it clear that a vote for him is a vote to further Obama’s agenda in South Carolina, adding, “This extremist agenda to shut down the government really frustrates the people in District 42. … We doubled our numbers from the runoff.”

Kimpson will be sworn in Monday to the seat formerly held by Robert Ford, the veteran Democratic senator who resigned in May amid ethical and health problems.

And while Kimpson has several ideas for how state government should improve public education, health care, organized labor and the environment, he said his immediate goals are to learn the Senate’s rules, learn his committee assignments and study the bills pending in those committees.

In a broader sense, he said his goal is simply this: “To make sure government works for the people.”

Horatio Alger

When Kimpson spoke to more than 100 supporters on election night, he recalled his father’s humble upbringing in rural Calhoun County.

“His biggest claim to fame was picking 250 pounds of seed cotton,” Kimpson said, “but my daddy picked seed cotton so that he could go to Benedict College and graduate and go on to be a math teacher. My mamma? A Title One school teacher.”

Kimpson was born in Columbia and grew up there, within sight of a public housing project. He graduated from Morehouse College and worked as a banker before going to law school and joining the Lowcountry’s large plaintiff’s firm, Motley Rice.

Charleston County Democratic Chairman Richard Hricik said Kimpson’s rise from humble beginnings is part of his political appeal.

“It’s a Horatio Alger story, and that resonates a lot with me,” he said. “I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college and to graduate from law school. Marlon is the America story. Here’s a guy who literally came from not-very-much and here he sits as a state senator. That’s a testament to his character.”

Hricik gave an unusual boost to Kimpson during his Democratic primary battle, mainly by frequently pointing out that Kimpson’s main opponent, former Charleston City Councilman Maurice Washington, had as much history with Republicans as Democrats.

Kimpson said he is not familiar with Alger, a 19th century American author who wrote stories about boys rising from poverty to great success, but said his family’s story resonates with voters in the district.

“You have people who are hard-working, and they want their children to participate and enjoy the American dream.”

Kimpson and Ford

To say Kimpson was not Ford’s hand-picked successor is understating things.

Ford actively backed Washington during the Democratic primary, and made a last-minute endorsement of Kimpson’s Republican opponent, Billy Shuman, just days before Tuesday’s election.

Kimpson and Ford clearly clash on one issue — the idea of providing vouchers or tax credits to parents who send their children to private school.

Ford was open to the idea; Kimpson is not.

And where Ford had expressed support for legalizing forms of gambling, such as video poker, to raise state revenues, Kimpson has not gone there.

Kimpson also did not want to go into detailed comparisons about how he would differ from his predecessor. “I’m not in a position to judge what Senator Ford did or didn’t do. I just want to move forward to usher in a new era of leadership and play a substantive role for citizens who live in the district.”

But he did draw an oblique comparison, noting that he has a full-time job.

“I am a very good lawyer, and I enjoy practicing law,” he said. “That was a positive in this campaign: I had an independent source of income that I can keep. I think it’s important when you are in public service that you have the ability to say no to special-interest groups when it’s not to the advantage to the people you represent. Having a source of income helps you do that.”

Ford, who had no other job outside his senate position, ultimately was found to have misused his campaign donations for personal expenses.

Kimpson’s election Tuesday makes him one of Charleston’s highest-profile African American politicians. At his relatively young age, 44, some will surely throw his name in the mix for higher office, but Kimpson said that all can wait.

“I have not thought of anything beyond the state Senate,” he said.

Senate brotherhood

Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville, said he has known Kimpson for almost 30 years, and both are members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. “That’s a big deal to folks in the community,” Malloy said.

Kimpson felt strongly enough about his fraternity that he used its purple and gold colors and four stars — which represent manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift — on his campaign signs.

Malloy said he liked Ford, and he expects Kimpson, like Ford, will represent his constituents, a group that includes much of metro Charleston’s African-American population.

After the election, Sen. Paul Thurmond, R-Charleston, called to congratulate Kimpson, who went to law school with Thurmond’s brother and who works with one of Thurmond’s friends from law school.

“I’m interested in seeing what Marlon’s ideas and desires are. I haven’t talked to him about that,” Thurmond said. “He’s a very capable, high-intensity individual, and I think he is going to be a good addition. I look forward to working with him. Most of all, I hope I can be persuasive with him.”

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.