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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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September 2017

Avery Fall Film Screening Presents: 13th

September 17 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
College of Charleston Stern Center, 71 George St Charleston
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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The College of Charleston's Race and Social Justice Initiative, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and the South Carolina League of Women Voters are pleased to present a free screening of Ava DuVernay's award winning documentary 13th. In her 2016 documentary, Ava DuVernay explains how the 13th amendment relocated the institution of slavery into the prison system. 13th is a thought-provoking, powerful, and important film that forces its viewers to question the prison industrial complex and…

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October 2017

Avery Fall Film Series presents a special showing of ‘An Outrage’

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Charleston , SC 29424 United States
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Free

AN OUTRAGE is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.

Thousands of African Americans confronted, resisted, endured, and perished during the era of lynching in the American South. Beginning with the end of the Civil War and continuing well into the middle of the twentieth century, this extralegal, socially-sanctioned practice of torture and murder claimed the lives of at least 3,959 African American men, women, and children. This past is little-discussed today, even as its wounds fester.

Filmmakers will attend for a Q&A joined by cast member Fostenia Baker and her family.

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