The Race and Social Justice Initiative

The Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston was founded in late June 2015 following a major grant from Google in response to tragic events in the Charleston, including the shooting death of Walter Scott by a police officer in April 2015 and the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond, through a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, the African American Studies Program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), and multiple community partners.

Events

From the RSJI Blog

Black History Month 2019

Interested in learning more about the African-American experience this February? Check out these upcoming Black History Month events: 


    • February 5, 2019, @ 6:00 PM: Join us for an evening of discussion as we explore how more people of color can take a seat at the table in Charleston’s tourism industry. Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, co-founder of Museum Hue, and panelist will explore what’s needed to make cultural institutions more affordable for families of color and If there’s a way to create an inclusive narrative at plantations and other heritage sites. This event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the African American Studies Program and the Arts Management Program.

 

 

      • February 8–10, 2019, Known to scholars mainly as a conspiracy of Carolina slaves, the “Denmark Vesey Conspiracy” also ensnared free black people and should be treated as a part of the broader black anti-slavery movement. The “Denmark Vesey Conspiracy” is the subject of the 2019 Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW). CLAW at the College of Charleston was established in 1994 to promote scholarship and public engagement with the history and culture of the Lowcountry region, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The keynote lectures on Friday by Dr. Bernard Powers and Saturday by Michael B. Moore, evenings are free and open to the public. To register for the conference, click here.

     

 

  • February 11, 2019, @6: 00 PM: Spring 2019 Film Festival Beasts of the Southern Wild. Join the African American Studies Program for the 2019 Spring Film Festival. Discussion following the film will be led by Lisa Young. This screening will be held in room 118 of the Education Center (25 St. Philip Street) Free popcorn and refreshments

 

     

  • February 12, 2019, @ 4:30 PM: Peterson Toscano and Corina Newsome talk on Faith, Justice, Race and Climate Change. Sponsored by Sustainability Literacy Institute, Office of Institutional Diversity, and Freshman Year Experience. The event will be held in room 118 of the Education Center (25 St. Philip Street).
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  • February 12, 2019, @6:00PM: A Conversation with Nikky Finney: Nikky Finney, Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, was commissioned to create new work in response to photographs from the Southbound project. Finney wrote four new poems that she will read, along with readings of other work. This event will take place at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park (34 Prioleau Street) For more information click here.

 

    • February 14, 2019, @ 5:00 PM: A screening of Academy Award-winning movie Moonlight. Sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. The screening will be held in room 206 of the Stern Center (71 George Street).

 

  • February 18, 2019, @ 6:00 PM: Spring 2019 Film Festival: Pumzi and Other Shorts. Discussion following the screening will be led by Mari Crabtree. Sponsored by the African American Studies Program. The screening will be held in room 118 of the Education Center (25 St. Philip Street). Free popcorn and refreshments!

 

    • February 18, 2019, @7:30 PM: More Than Just Sports: The 21st Century Black Athlete. Featuring Dr. Jamal Ratchford, assistant professor of history at Colorado College, this lecture will examine trends of activism and social justice among African-American athletes such as Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, Muhammad Ali and 1968 track and field Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos. This will be held in room 251 of the Robert Scott Small Building (175 Calhoun Street).

 

 

  • February 20, 2019, @6:00 PM: Hate Crime Forum: The Charleston Police Department in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League will come together with community stakeholders to discuss the topic of hate as a crime motivator. The purpose of the forum is to share the narratives of those impacted by hate crime and to hold space for dialogue about the state of hate crime legislation in the City of Charleston and the State of South Carolina. This event will take place at The Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street). Click here to register.

 

     

  • February 21, 2019, @ 6:00 PM: Curator-led tour of the Southbound exhibit. Sponsored by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. This tour is open to Halsey members only. To join the Halsey family, click here. The event will be held in City Gallery at Waterfront Park (34 Prioleau Street).

 

     

    • February 25, 2019, @ 6:00 PM: Spring 2019 Film Festival: Black Panther. Discussion following the screening led by Gary Jackson and Matthew Cressler. Sponsored by the African American Studies Program. The screening will be held in room 118 of the Education Center (25 St. Philip Street). Free popcorn and refreshments!

 


We hope to see you there!

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