This is no typical Black History Month. It comes after the May killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It comes after the Black Lives Matter movement has made serious strides in its long fight. It comes as more and more White Americans have acknowledged the problem of persistent racial discr…
Martin Luther King Jr. is the best-known figure of the civil-rights movement, but many more took great risks over the decades to advance democracy, including dozens of activists and civic leaders in South Carolina.
Robert Greene II writes about police violence, the death of John Lewis, voter suppression, Reconstruction, and the Black Panther Party. He even wrote about the race-sensitive progressivism of a 1995 episode of “Deep Space Nine,” part of the “Star Trek” franchise.
Keyana Russ serves as the Director of MBA Employer Relations and Professional Development with the College of Charleston MBA program.
“This city has such deep meaning for me,” he mused. “I grew up during a time when it was obvious there was a clear demarcation ... drawn racially, and that shaped who I am today. I was very aware that segregation was real, and in order to truly access the American dream I had to really work harder and fight more vigorously.”
“I was one of the biggest crack dealers in my neighborhood,” he said. Then Jerry Blassingame grew up and turned his life around, forming a nonprofit to help the formerly incarcerated in which they can be trained in carpentry skills and prepared for re-entry in society.
Akua Page and Chris Cato are unapologetic advocates of Gullah culture, language, birthright and inheritance. And through the Geechee Experience initiative, they are determined to instill pride in people, young and old, with sea island roots.
The Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce has landed about 65 members so far, including basket makers, hemp growers, artists, tiny home advocates, community gardeners and soap producers.
Jermaine Johnson decided he would start a nonprofit to help young men experiencing some of the same problems and challenges he faced. He wanted them to be good fathers, to find a path out of trouble.
Black people have long argued they are treated unfairly by law enforcement, and have taken to the streets to make their case over and over again.
The fight for racial equality has progressed in fits and starts, marked by significant changes in the law. The expression "two steps forward, one step back" comes to mind.
After protesters took to the streets calling for policing reform and an end to racial discrimination, changes are afoot nationwide.