Black History Month is a time to celebrate the many leaders, citizens, and change makers that have contributed great works and philosophies that make our nation what it is today. With Charleston being filled with much of that history and a great story to tell, here is a list of ways to honor Black history.
Free Black Panther Screenings:
Throughout the month of February, you can kick back and enjoy the popular film #BlackPanther which celebrates African culture, and includes many moments of community and togetherness that was pivotal during the Civil Rights Era. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/free-black-panther-screenings-amc-theaters-black-history-month-oscars-sag-academy-awards/?fbclid=IwAR1cqDspSHEX7y2sSX7CHaHm24cB1zN2wg8AXfYRnaq-QBlU6EUyk0RzDQo
Bonus: In late October 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense). In formulating a new politics, they drew on their experiences working with a variety of Black Power organizations. Learn more here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Black-Panther-Party
February 16 – Retired United States Supreme Court Librarian and Quilts of Lincolnville Presentations
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Long Point Missionary Baptist Church, 1857 Snowden Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Kevin Tolbert, a Charleston native, will speak about his twenty-four years serving as a librarian for the Supreme Court of the United States Library. Additional speakers and musical performances are also scheduled for this evening. Including Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs, who was the first female African-American to graduate from MUSC.
A quilt that shows the evolution of Lincolnville will also be on display for this event. It was stiched by Rosalee Washington, who grew up there and has been very active in her community. She was a teacher for thirty-one years and helped write grants to secure the Lincolnville water system.
February 20 – Gullah Tours:
Gullah Tours explores the places, history, and stories that are relevant to the rich and varied contributions made by Black Charlestonians. As the name implies, the Gullah language, native to the Charleston area, is featured on much of the tour.
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: The Citadel Department of History, 171 Moultrie Street, Capers Hall room 430
February 22 – Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved:
The Slave Dwelling Project will present “Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved” at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, February 22nd. African American living historians in period dress will portray the roles of the enslaved on a plantation. Experience up-close and personal interaction with interpreters as they cook over an open fire and demonstrate blacksmithing, brick making and the ancient art of Batik.
Location: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC 29414
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/221025802162141/
February 22 – Black History Concert
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Simons Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 54 St. Phillip St., Charleston
Come hear the College of Charleston Gospel Choir perform moving spiritual and gospel music. The event is free for CofC students and $10 at the door for the general public.
February 23 – An Evening of Spirituals, Pop and Jazz
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben St., Mt. Pleasant, SC
February 23 – Screening of Hidden Figures
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathmatics Building, 202 Calhoun St.
From C of C: The Department of Mathematics and the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math are hosting a panel discussion on the film Hidden Figures, which chronicles the true story of African American women working in the United States space program in the 1960s, and diversity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The panel will include Chief Diversity Officer Rénard Harris, mathematics Professor Alex Kasman, Cass Runyon, associate professor of geology and director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, and Jennifer Wilhelm, assistant professor of psychology.