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A Taste of Charleston, South Carolina

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT CHARLESTON?

  1. Charleston is a city in the United States state of South Carolina and is the second largest city in the state. The population was counted by the U.S. Census in 2010 at 120,083, making it the second most populous city in South Carolina, closely behind the state capital Columbia.

  2. Following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The first well-known observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, "Martyrs of the Race Course." Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children newly enrolled in freedmen's schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park. Years later, the celebration would come to be called the "First Decoration Day" in the North.

    David W. Blight described the day:
    "This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.”

  3. Although the city would lose the status of state capital to Columbia, Charleston became even more prosperous in the plantation-dominated economy of the post-Revolutionary years. By 1820 Charleston's population had grown to 23,000, with a black majority. When a massive slave revolt planned by Denmark Vesey, a free black, was discovered in 1822, such hysteria ensued amidst white Charlestonians and Carolinians that the activities of free blacks and slaves were severely restricted.

  4. After the defeat of the Confederacy, Federal forces remained in Charleston during the city's reconstruction. The war had shattered the prosperity of the antebellum city. Freed slaves were faced with poverty and discrimination.

  5. The William Enston Homes, a planned community for the city's aged and infirm, was built in 1889. J. Taylor Pearson, a freed slave, designed the Homes, and passed peacefully in them after years as the maintenance manager post-reconstruction. An elaborate public building, the United States Post Office and Courthouse, was completed in 1896 and signaled renewed life in the heart of the city.

  6. The Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969 was one of the last major events of the civil rights movement and brought Ralph Abernathy, Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young and other prominent figures to march with the local leader Mary Moultrie. Its story is told in Tom Dent's book "Southern Journey." It was not until the election of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as mayor that the city experienced a modern day renaissance. Riley has been the major proponent of reviving Charleston's economic and cultural heritage. The last thirty years of the 20th century saw major new reinvestment in the city, with a number of municipal improvements and a commitment to historic preservation.

  7. Charleston is a major tourist destination, with a considerable number of luxury hotels, hotel chains, inns, and bed and breakfasts and a large number of award-winning restaurants and quality shopping. The city has two shipping terminals, owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority, which are part of the fourth largest container seaport on the East Coast and the eighth largest container seaport in North America in 2009.

  8. Charleston's unique but vanishing dialect has long been noted in the South and elsewhere, for the singular attributes it possesses. Alone among the various regional Southern accents, the Charleston accent traditionally has ingliding or monophthongal long mid vowels, raises /ay/ and /aw/ in certain environments, and is non-rhotic. Some attribute these unique features of Charleston's speech to its early settlement by the French Huguenots and Sephardic Jews, both of which played influential parts in Charleston's development and history. However, given Charleston's high concentration of African-Americans that spoke the Gullah language, the speech patterns were more influenced by the dialect of the Gullah African-American community.

  9. Today, the Gullah language and dialect is still spoken among African-American locals. However, rapid development, especially on the surrounding sea islands, is slowly diminishing its prominence.

  10. Charleston annually hosts Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day art festival featuring over 100 performances by individual artists in a variety of disciplines. The Spoleto Festival is internationally recognized as America's premier performing arts festival. The annual Piccolo Spoleto festival takes place at the same time, and features local performers and artists, with hundreds of performances throughout the city. Other notable festivals and events include the Taste of Charleston, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, and the MOJA Arts Festival, and the Holiday Festival of Lights (at James Island County Park).



Radio Stations
W220CN (WMBJ) 91.9 FM Charleston, SC Christian Contemporary
WSSX 95.1 FM Charleston, SC Top-40
W257BQ (WSPO) 99.3 FM Charleston, SC Sports
WALC 100.5 FM Charleston, SC Christian Contemporary
WWWZ 93.3 FM Summerville, SC Hip Hop
WXST 99.7 FM Hollywood, SC Urban Contemporary
WTUA (CP) 105.9 FM Pinopolis, SC Gospel Music
WJNI 106.3 FM Ladson, SC Gospel Music
WMGL 107.3 FM Ravenel, SC Urban Contemporary
WSPO 1390 AM Charleston, SC Sports
WQNT 1450 AM Charleston, SC Sports

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Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program

- 40th Season of America’s Premier Performing Arts Festival Takes Place May 27 – June 12 in Charleston, South Carolina -







Highlights of the 2016 Festival: (May-June)

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MLK Celebration 2016 Events Schedule
YWCA-USA leader and 82nd attorney general of the US top MLK tributes


Charleston, SC – Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of YWCA-USA, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and partner at Covington & Burling LLP, will keynote two premiere events during the 44th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Charleston and the City of Charleston. The January 10-19 celebration is considered South Carolina’s largest MLK tribute attracting some 30,000 celebrants annually. The theme is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” For more MLK Celebration details call the YWCA 843-722-1644 or visit www.ywca-charlestonsc.org.

Since 2012, Richardson-Heron has presided over the YWCA’s 226 local affiliates in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with net assets of nearly $1 Billion. From 2009 to 2015, Holder was the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African-American to hold that office.

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., is honorary chairman of the 16th annual MLK Business and Professional Breakfast set to feature Richardson-Heron on Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 a.m., at the downtown Charleston Marriott Hotel. At the Breakfast, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch of Clemson University will present the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Vision Awards to Jerry and Anita Zucker of the Zucker Family Foundation, Inc., and to Katie Stagliano, 17-year Summerville student and founder of Katie’s Krops, a network of 80 youth-run gardens in 30 states that feed the hungry. Before Jerry Zucker passed away in 2008, the Zuckers established a continuing record of philanthropic support of numerous groups and institutions such as the Coastal Community Foundation, the Saul Alexander Foundation, the Jewish Endowment Fund, MUSC, College of Charleston, The Citadel, and more. Advance purchased corporate-sponsored tables and individual tickets are required for this event.

US Congressman James E. Clyburn will introduce Holder at the 44th annual MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service, 3 p.m., Sunday, January 17, at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris Street, Charleston, and present the Harvey Gantt Triumph Awards to Holder and to Rev. Joseph A. Darby, Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District, AME Church. Clyburn will also lead a delegation of U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Institute members attending the event. Music will be rendered by the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church All-Male Intergenerational Choir and the Divine Strength Chamber Ensemble. Rev. Leonard O. Griffin, Pastor of Morris Street Baptist Church will preside at the service, open to the public.

WCBD TV 2 will televise the Monday, January 18, MLK Holiday Parade with Charleston’s new Mayor, John Tecklenburg, as parade grand marshal. Beginning at 11 a.m., the parade will proceed from Burke High School to Ashley Ave., to Sumter St., to King St., to Calhoun Street and end on Elizabeth Street. After the parade, a Youth Poetry Slam, 12:30 p.m., free to the public, will be held at the CofC Science Center, 202 Calhoun Street. Poetry contest top winners will receive $100, $50, $25 respectively.

Internationally known youth motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs will lead the MLK Youth Summit, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, streaming live on-line, at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt, Pleasant. Dabbs is rated “#1 high school speaker in America” by the National Education Association. This high-tech, multi-cultural event, free to the public, will also feature a Youth Talent Showcase of poetry, dance and drama performances.

The celebration opens with seven MLK Area Worship Services, Sunday, January 10, at churches throughout the lowcountry. For more information on the 44th annual MLK Celebration visit www.ywca-charlestonsc.org or call the YWCA 843-722-1644.

Media Contact: Mike Whack mwhack@knology.net (c) 843-259-8226

MLK Celebration 2016 Events, January 10 - 19

MLK Area Worship Services - Sunday, Jan. 10 – Free & open to public

3:00 pm Edisto Island - New First Missionary Baptist Church - 1644 Highway 174 - Edisto Island Presiding, Rev. Albert C. Morrison, Pastor, New First Missionary Baptist Church. Music by MLK Youth Choir, New First Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Greetings by the Hon. Anna Johnson, Charleston County Council District 8, and the Hon. Robert Brown, SC House of Representatives.

3:30 pm Hollywood/Ravenel & Yonges Island - St. Matthew AME Church - 4345 Davison Road, Ravenel Presiding, Rev. Dr. John E. Washington, Pastor, St. Matthew AME Church. Music by M.L. King Jr. Mass Choir, Warriors of Praise of Shiloh Baptist Church. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Walter Jenkins, Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church.

4:00 pm Johns/Wadmalaw Islands - New Webster United Methodist Church - 4755 Bears Bluff Road – Wadmalaw Host, Bill Burr, WCIV-TV 4 news anchor. Sermon by Rev. Leonard Huggins, Jr., Pastor, New First Webster United Methodist Church. Music by the church choir.

4:00 pm Goose Creek, Goose Creek High School, 1137 Redbank Road, Goose Creek Host, Dr. Nathalina Rogers-Tolbert. Music and drama performances by students from Berkeley Center for the Arts and Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Brenda A. Nelson, Emanuel AME Church.

4:00 pm North Charleston - Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church - 7396 Rivers Avenue Pre-Musical 3:15 Featuring Mt. Moriah Missionary Teen Choir. Host, Hon. Henry Darby, Charleston County Council, District 4. Music by North Charleston Area Mass Choir, Joshua Baptist Church Choir. Praise dance and mime performances by Royal Missionary Baptist Church and Bethel AME Church youths. Sermon by Rev. Robert L. Grove, Pastor Joshua Baptist Church.

5:00 pm James Island - St. James Presbyterian Church, USA- 1314 Secessionville Road Mini Concert 4:00 PM Featuring Myra Chamble, Alison Champagne, area youth choirs. Presiding, Rev. Charlie L. Murray Jr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of James Island. Music by James Island Interfaith Youth Choir. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Alex White, Sr. Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church of James Island.

5:00 pm East Cooper - Olive Branch African Methodist Episcopal Church - 1734 Highway 17 North, Mt. Pleasant Presiding, Rev. Richard C.K. Harkness, Pastor, Olive Branch AME Church. Music by East Cooper Interdenominational Mass Choir. Sermon by Rev. Iris J. Brown, Pastor, Ebenezer/Mt. Zion AME Church

MLK Youth Summit - Wednesday, Jan. 13 – Free & open to public

6:30 pm Seacoast Church – 750 Long Point Road – Mt. Pleasant Featuring Reggie Dabbs, internationally known youth motivational speaker, rated “#1 high school speaker in America” by National Education Association. Youth Talent Showcase of poetry, dance, drama performances streaming live on line from Seacoast Church. High-tech, multi-cultural event, all are welcome. Seacoast Church is lead co-sponsor along with Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and Royal Missionary Baptist Church.

MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service - Sunday, Jan. 17 – Free to public

3:00 pm Morris Street Baptist Church - 25 Morris Street, Charleston Featuring keynote address by Hon. Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States. US Congressman James E. Clyburn leads a delegation of U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Institute members attending the event and presents the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award to Holder and to Rev. Joseph A. Darby, Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District, AME Church. Remarks by Hon. John Tecklenburg, Hon. Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Music by Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church All-Male Intergenerational Choir, and the Divine Strength Chamber Ensemble. A host of area civic, clergy and business leaders along with 1,000 persons are expected to attend.

MLK Holiday Parade & Youth Poetry Slam - Monday, Jan. 18 – Free to public

11:00 am Newly elected Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is Parade Grand Marshal. Parade departs from Burke High School, 244 President Street, Charleston and proceeds east to Ashley Avenue, north to Sumter Street, east to King Street, east on Calhoun Street and ends on Elizabeth Street. Parade live broadcast by WCBD TV Parade pre-enrollment at www.ywca-charlestonsc.org or call YWCA 843-722-1644. The parade annually attracts 20,000 parade route and television home viewers.

12:30 pm Youth Poetry Slam at CofC Science Center, 202 Calhoun Street, Charleston. To pre-register in advance for poetry contest call 843-953-4902, or 843-722-1644. Top three contest winners will receive $100, $50, $25 respectively.

MLK Business & Professional Breakfast - Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Advance reservations corporate & individual

7:30 am Charleston Marriott Hotel - 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston Keynote speaker Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is Honorary Chairman. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch of Clemson University will present the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Vision Awards to Jerry and Anita Zucker of the Zucker Family Foundation, Inc., and to Katie Stagliano, 17-year old founder of Katie’s Krops, a network of 80 youth-run gardens in 30 states that feed the hungry. Special appearance by Daja Dial, Miss South Carolina 2015. Ann McGill, Live 5 WCSC news anchor, is host. Co-sponsored by City of Charleston and YWCA. To purchase advance reservations for individual tickets $45, and corporate tables-of-eight at variable rates, visit www.ywca-charlestonsc.org or call YWCA 843-722-1644.



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VIDEO: O'Malley: Confederate Flag Museum "Appalling Waste of Public Dollars"

At a Charleston town hall today, Governor O'Malley criticized a proposal by South Carolina Republicans to spend $5.3 million of taxpayer money to create a memorial to the confederate flag as an "appalling waste of public dollars." O'Malley had urged the South Carolina legislature — and legislatures throughout the country — to remove the Confederate flag from all statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston massacre.

WATCH: https://youtu.be/dsRF5cn2uxY

KEY EXCERPT:

Questioner: "One of the things that’s going to come up is funding for a museum and the ballpark figures that’s been thrown out is that we should spend $5.3 million in taxpayer funds for it. I'm curious if you think taxpayer funds should be used to house a museum for the confederate flag?

O'Malley: "Well my concern is most people in South Carolina when they're reading that news will find it an appalling waste of public dollars. I'm sure there are museums existing already where a space can be found."

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MLK breakfast leaders announced

MLK breakfast leaders announced



Charleston, SC – The YWCA of Greater Charleston today announces Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. will serve his sixteenth year as Honorary Chairman for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast, set for January 19, 2016, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Mayor Riley co-founded the event in 2000, along with then YWCA Executive Director Christine O. Jackson, first cousin to the late Coretta Scott King. Co-sponsored by the City of Charleston and the YWCA, the breakfast is a signature event of the MLK Celebration, now in its 44th presentation year, and considered the state’s largest tribute to the slain civil rights leader. For details visit www.ywca-charlestonsc.org or call YWCA at 843-722-1644.

Dorothy Harrison, Chief Administrative Officer of Charleston Water System, Inc., will chair the breakfast planning committee.

“The MLK Breakfast symbolizes what America already knows, that the Lowcountry embraces Dr. King’s ideals of justice and respect for all humankind,” Riley said. “We are a community that triumphs over tragedy, and celebrates our diversity.”

Immediately upon his election as mayor in 1975, Mayor Riley assumed a leading role in the MLK Celebration, which today attracts 30,000 celebrants annually to its series of January events. “Much of the MLK Breakfast’s success is attributed to Mayor Riley’s leadership,” said YWCA Board President Kerri Forrest. “More than 600 top corporate, civic and clergy leaders attended the MLK Breakfast in 2015.”

Prior to joining Charleston Water System in 2001, Harrison spent 26 years in the banking industry where she was among the first African-American commercial loan officers and vice presidents in the state. “I am honored to work with Mayor Riley and the MLK Breakfast committee,” said Harrison. In serving her first year as committee chair, Harrison succeeds Cecelia Gordon Rodgers, Charleston Development Academy Charter School Director.

Other committee members include: Vanessa Turner Maybank, Clerk of Council, City of Charleston; Stacy Davis, Internal Audit Director, Blackbaud; Leroy Lewis, Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Community Relations, CofC; Elonda Fair O’Neil, Esq., Vice President, YWCA Board of Directors; Elease Amos-Goodwin, MOJA Festival Chairperson; Theresa Hilliard, retired EEO manager, Department of Veteran Affairs; Dr. Luther Seabrook, educator.

The January MLK Breakfast will also feature the second annual presentation of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Vision Award. Established last year by the YWCA, the award cites a corporation, institution or individual for their corporate citizenship and outstanding community service. Last year’s Riley Award inaugural honorees were Dr. Mary Thornley, Trident Technical College President, and posthumously, Dr. Theodore S. Stern, College of Charleston President Emeritus.

For information about the MLK Business and Professional Breakfast contact the YWCA of Greater Charleston, at 843-722-1644 or visit www.ywca-charlestonsc.org.

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Demographics of Charleston, South Carolina

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

45%

43.6%

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1.6%

2.4%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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biography

Billy Johnson, 1858-1916

Billy Johnson

Chicken by Will Accooe (New York : Howley, Haviland and Co., c1899.). African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920, American Memory, Library of Congress.



Billy Johnson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in1858 and was educated in Augusta, Georgia. By 1881 he was performing in minstrel shows. In 1886 he joined Lew Johnson's minstrels and the following year moved to Hicks and Sawyer's minstrels, where he stayed for six seasons. During stints with several other minstrel troops, he began writing songs and eventually landed a job with Bob Cole as songwriter and stage producer for the more upscale Black Patti Troubadours.

Cole and Johnson produced a musical sketch for Black Patti, then left that company to produce their own musical, A Trip to Coontown (1898), the first full length black-produced musical on an American stage. Johnson and Cole both played starring roles. However, during the third season of this musical, Cole accused Johnson of either financial impropriety or of drinking too much (sources vary).

After a period in Chicago, where Johnson got married, dabbled in politics, wrote some songs, and appeared in the last Pekin Stock Company production, he returned to the New York stage around 1911. The last show he performed in was Twenty Miles from Home in 1914. Billy Johnson died in 1916 after a fall.

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Businesses in Charleston, South Carolina


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Ebony Hair Affaire -  Category: Beauty Salons -  116 Cannon Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 722-1334

  2. Family Barber Shop -  Category: Barbers -  147 Spring Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 722-3022

  3. Inner Image (Florence Heyward, Natural Hair stylist) -  Category: Beauty Salons -  36 Blake Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29408

  4. Klipper Kings -  Category: Barbers -  1636 Ashley Hall Rd, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 766-8492

  5. Miss Ebony 2000 -  Category: Beauty Salons -  590 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 723-4559

  6. Settles Beauty Supply -  Category: Beauty Supply -  472-C Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 853-8122

  7. Style Beauty & Hair Weeve Salon -  Category: Beauty Salons -  186 Coming Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 577-4161

  8. The Distinguished Gentleman Barbershop -  Category: Barbers -  11 Cannon Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 853-6411

  9. Urban Barber Shop -  Category: Hair Salons -  41 Cannon Street, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 722-0109

  10. Urban Nirvana Day Spa -  Category: Beauty Salons -  8 Windermere Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 720-8000

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. DeBorah's Bridal LLC -  Category: Bridal -   We are Full Service Bridal Salon providing service of excellence and high quality gowns at good prices.  - 1704 Old Towne Road, Charleston, South Carolina (843) 556-8092  - (visit website)

  2. 100 Black Men of Charleston, Inc. -  Category: Community Services -   - President: Mr. Anthony B O'Neill, Sr. P.O. Box 80238 Charleston, South Carolina 29416

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AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

  1. Drayton Hall -  Category: Culture -  Offers “Connections,” an interactive program on African-American life from the 1700’s into the 20th century.  - 3380 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 (843) 769-2600  - (visit website)

  2. Gullah Tours Charleston, SC -  Category: Culture -  Gullah- The language spoken by the Lowcountry's first black inhabitants.  - (843) 763-7551  - (visit website)

  3. International African American -  Category: Culture -   103 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2065 (843) 720-4992

  4. Middleton Place -  Category: Culture -  Tours include: Demonstration Rice Field, Rice Mill, Slave Chapel & Cemetery.   - (843) 556-6020 (800) 782-3608

  5. The Charleston Jazz Initiative -  Category: Culture -  The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) is a multi-year research project that documents the African American jazz tradition in Charleston, South Carolina Lowcountry.  - Charleston, SC  - (visit website)

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Alluette's Café -  Category: Soul Food, Vegetarian Soul Food -   80-A Reid St, Charleston, SC (843) 577-6926   - (visit website)

  2. Craves Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Heritage cooking at its best!  - 616 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (843) 577-3773   - (visit website)

  3. Hugers -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Buffet style southern and soul food. Chicken, fish, ribs, greens, sweet potato pie.  - 587 King Street, Charleston, SC (843) 577-7855

  4. Jestine's Kitchen -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   Fried Chicken, Fried Okra, Mac n Cheese, Cornbread, and Sweet Tea and more.  - 251 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (843) 722-7224

  5. Martha Lou's Kitchen -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   - Heritage cooking at its best! craves is revealing a substantial menu of southern and lowcountry specialties and favorites". - 1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC (843) 577-9583

  6. On the Fly -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Specialize in gourmet dinners on the go and weddings.  - 1209 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC (843) 225-3592   - (visit website)

  7. The Glass Onion -  Category: Soul Food, Vegetarian Soul Food -   1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC (843) 225-1717   - (visit website)

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Enslaved Africans in the Lowcountry brought with them unique customs, art forms, and created new ones, as they assimilated into a newer European-style culture on the plantations. Today, sweetgrass baskets have become a cherished and sought after Lowcountry art form with the majority of basketmakers centered in the beautiful Charleston and Mt. Pleasant areas.

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black/african american special events

Burke ’66 reunion banquet to feature Harold Whack

Harold Whack


Charleston, SC- Harold Whack, Vice President of Marketing and Development for RCW Media Production, Inc., of Chicago, will keynote the Burke High School Class of 1966 Reunion Banquet, at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center, 5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston. As a top performing sales executive at the Chicago-based NCC Media, Whack billed over $100 million in cable advertising deals. A Charleston native, Whack attended Burke from 1962 to 1964, and later graduated Harvard College in 1970. For banquet reservations, available in advance through May 30th, contact James Davis, at 843-534-6992. Partial proceeds from the banquet benefit college scholarships presented by the Burke High School Foundation.

According to Skip Mikell, Class’66 President, the reunion is intended to draw Burke alumni from around the country to Charleston at a time when Burke’s future is being examined by local school board officials, administrators and civic groups. “We’re inviting everyone to join our efforts in support of Burke’s historic role in educating great minds, today and far into the future”, Mikell said. Other reunion are events are planned, however only the banquet is open to the general public.

At the June 3rd banquet, Whack will tell how his early academic achievement at Burke led to his inclusion in a student exchange program for his last two years of high school in Long Island, New York at The Wheatley School. “While in New York, I lived with a phenomenally generous Jewish Family, Marvin and Ronnie Sugarman”, Whack said. “Both now deceased, Marvin was Executive Producer of mega TV-hits such as Captain Kangaroo and CBS Sports Spectacular, and Ronnie was a visual artist and painter”.

To supplement his college expenses, Whack held research jobs at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics, and independent studies with one of the great developmental psychologists of the 20th century, Eric Erikson. “In 1968 I worked as a summer news reporter for Newsday Newspaper in New York and spent the last five weeks of that summer on my first trip to Europe”, said Whack. After college Whack spent two years traveling in West Africa (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria), where he began to understand the importance of the creation of markets to sustain longer term economic development and saw the role of the television industry as being key to make this happen.

Whack is married to Rita Coburn Whack, owner of RCW Media Production, Inc., where she is a co-director of the first major film biography on Dr. Maya Angelou, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. After a festival run through many American and international cities including Paris, Sheffield, England, and Cape Town, South Africa, the film will be broadcast on every PBS television station in the US under the American Masters documentary series in early 2017.

A 6 p.m. cocktail hour will open the June 3rd banquet. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by a dance. Tickets are $75. For more information, contact James Davis at 843-534-6992. ###

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CHURCHES



  1. Central Baptist Church -  26 Radcliffe Street - Charleston, SC (843) 577-4543

  2. Ebenezer AME Church -  44 Nassau Street - Charleston, SC (843) 723-4660

  3. Macedonia AME Church -  341 East Bay Street - Charleston, SC (843) 723-1829

  4. Morris Brown AME Church -  13 Morris Street - Charleston, SC (843) 723-1961

  5. Mother Emanuel AME Church -   110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC (843) 722-2561   - (visit website)

  6. Mt Zion Ame Church -  5 Glebe Street - Charleston, SC (843) 722-8118

  7. Nichols Chapel AME Church -  132 Bogard Street - Charleston, SC (843) 577-7366

  8. Old Bethel United Methodist Church -  222 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC (843) 722-3470

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  1. South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor -  Category: Entertainment -  The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction.  -100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC (843) 720-1990  - (visit website)

  2. Wet Willie's -  Category: Nightclub -   - 209 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC (843) 853-5650  - (visit website)

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    South Carolina, Charleston -   Lowcountry Blues Bash -  14 days, 25 venues, 59 acts, 100 shows.

  1. Lowcountry Blues Bash
    (February)   Charleston, SC   - (visit website)

    14 days, 25 venues, 59 acts, 100 shows.


  2. Lowcountry Cajun Festival
    (April)   861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC   - (visit website)

    Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full-day of Zydeco food and entertainment!


  3. Moja Arts Festival
    September - October   - (visit website)

    The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures.


  4. Spoleto Festival
    Held in Spring   - (visit website)

    Over 120 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers.


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