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February 2017

African Art Exhibit Opening “Forms and Motifs in African Art: Works from the Avery Research Center’s John R. Dupree Collection”

February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Addlestone Library, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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Join the College of Charleston Friends of the Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative for an opening reception of “Forms and Motifs in African Art: Works from the Avery Research Center’s John R. Dupree Collection” African art exhibit. John R. Dupree African art collection features masks, ivory, wooden statuary, copper plaques and paintings created by African artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Avery Research Center’s collection of…

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March 2017

Faculty Lecture Series featuring Dr. Matthew Cressler Black Religion and Black Lives Matter in Historical Perspective

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Addlestone Library, Room 227, 205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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  It has been said that Black Lives Matter “ain't yo’ mama’s civil rights movement.” This contrast relies in large part on characterizations of Black religion (or lack thereof). The civil rights movement is usually imagined as an essentially Christian struggle whereas Black Lives Matter is described as secular, even anti-religious. In this lecture, Matthew Cressler will complicate this common understanding by comparing Black Lives Matter with its historical predecessor, Black Power, and illuminating the role of religion in both.

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Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture Series presents Ta-Nehisi Coates “A Deeper Black: Race in America”

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TD Arena, 301 Meeting St
Charleston, SC
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  Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most recently, of Between the World and Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller that “will be hailed as a classic of our time” (Publishers Weekly) and which Toni Morrison calls “required reading.” Between the World and Me is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the form of a letter to his teenage…

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June 2017

Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture Series presents Dr. Lonnie Bunch

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Mother Emanuel AME Church,

In partnership with various local, national, and international cultural heritage organizations, academic institutions, and historic sites, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Program (CLAW), the Addlestone Library, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative are hosting a conference on transforming public history practices from Charleston to the Atlantic World to be held at the College of Charleston and other partner sites in Charleston, South Carolina, June 15-17, 2017, with a pre-conference day of workshops on…

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August 2017

Special Free Screening of ‘Detroit’

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412 United States
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Free

The College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture are pleased to present a special free screening of the film Detroit.  Academy award winning director Kathryn Bigelow depicts the events at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. The screening will feature opening remarks by Ed Vaughn, former Michigan State Legislator, activist, and business owner.

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