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Faculty Lecture Series featuring Dr. Matthew Cressler Black Religion and Black Lives Matter in Historical Perspective
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.Find out more »
Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture Series presents Ta-Nehisi Coates “A Deeper Black: Race in America”
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
“The First 365: Analyzing the First Year of the Trump Administration” featuring MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston, February 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. “The First 365: Analyzing the First Year of the Trump Administration” moderated by MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid. This discussion will be a multidisciplinary look into the first year of the Trump Administration featuring distinguished faculty members from the College of Charleston. Panelist: Dr. Anthony Greene—African American Studies/Sociology Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane—African American…Find out more »
The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Race and Social Justice Initiative invite you to join us for a special event entitled, "Somebody Had to Do It, But What Have We Done?: Revisiting South Carolina School Desegregation.” The event will be held at the College of Charleston’s Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Mindful of the upcoming 55-year anniversary of…Find out more »