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Resistance, Reform, and Reasoning: The Orangeburg Massacre

South Carolina State University will present programming in February and March 2018 intended to establish inter-generational dialogue regarding the changing meaning and significance of the term “Civil Rights” and commemorate and re-contextualize the Orangeburg Massacre. A variety of events are planned, including two art exhibitions, film screenings, and a community colloquium. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Major Grant in September 2017. The goal of “Resistance, Reform, and Reasoning: The Orangeburg Massacre” is to bring the processes of the human capacity for reasoning to understanding this complicated moment in South Carolina’s history in a new context. Using the tools of photography, visual
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Books & Community in Anderson

In February the Anderson County Library is launching a new program, Books & Community. The focus of the program is to bring the community together through a shared reading experience. Discussions will give members from all aspects of the community a chance to share ideas and stories about how the material relates to their daily lives. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Fast Track Literary Grant. This year’s focus is on Black History Month, and Anderson County Library has selected the National Book Award title, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me is
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Beyond Mother Emanuel and The Confederate Flag: A Symposium on Race, Culture and Understanding

Francis Marion University will look to jump start the conversation on several thorny topics related to race and culture in America when it hosts a first-of-its-kind symposium February 26-28. Beyond Mother Emanuel and The Confederate Flag: A Symposium on Race, Culture and Understanding was created with the hopes of bringing the difficult topics of racism and its deep-rooted causes of it to the forefront of the Francis Marion campus and Pee Dee Region as a whole. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in September 2017. The symposium will feature three days of lectures and panel discussions at Francis
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Maya Angelou “I Rise!” to be presented at Greenville schools

Seven Greenville public schools will celebrate Black History Month with Chautauqua History Alive performances of Maya Anglou “I Rise!” by historical interpreter Becky Stone from Fairview, NC. South Carolina Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in December 2017. Seven different public schools will experience this entertaining and educational show: Legacy Early College High School (Feb 14 at 8:30am) Legacy Early College Middle School (Feb 14 at 10:30am) Legacy Early College Elementary (Feb 14 at 1:30pm) Carolina High School (Feb 15 at 9:00am) Tanglewood Middle School (Feb 15 at 11:00am) Hillcrest Middle School (Feb 16 at 8:30am) Juvenile Detention
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Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest

The South Carolina State Library is coordinating the second annual Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest for students in grades 3 – 12. The Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest encourages young writers to capture the power of their words and experience the freedom of original literary expressions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16, 2018. SC Humanities helped support this project with a Fast Track Literary Grant. Students are invited to participate by sharing poems about a person, place, or an experience that has changed their life. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be selected for the following groups:
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Archaeology in the Classroom

The South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD) is offering an application process for free “Archaeology in the Classroom” programs for the Spring 2018 semester (February – June 2018). Classrooms in eleven Midlands counties (Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter) are eligible to apply.  Applications are due no later than 5pm on Monday, February 5, 2018. SC Humanities supported this initiative with a Mini Grant in December 2017. Archaeology in the Classroom is designed to bring interactive archaeology programs to students of all ages. The study of archaeology can be used as a pathway to teach
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Scarred Justice Film Screening and Discussion

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre, Columbia SC 63 will bring the general public together with scholars and filmmakers to try to understand the circumstances that shaped this event in South Carolina’s history. The film Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968 will be screened on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (6:30 p.m.) at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, followed by a post-screening discussion. Additional events will take place in Orangeburg at SC State University on February 7. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in December 2017. In February 1968 police in Orangeburg, SC initiated one of
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MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here?

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation will partner with People to People of Hartsville to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on January 14 and 15, 2018 through programs in Darlington County. 2018 will also mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in December 2017. On January 14, the partnering organizations will conduct an oral history project led by Dr. Bobby Donaldson of the University of South Carolina and Dr. Jennifer Heusel of Coker College. Drs. Donaldson and Heusel will interview citizens who lived in Darlington County during
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Palmetto Poets: Speaking of the South

The Peace Center will present the program “Palmetto Poets: Speaking on the South” on January 18, 2018. The program will feature poets DéLana Dameron, Ed Madden, and Ray McManus and will encourage community engagement through the power of poetry. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant. Palmetto Poets: Voices of SC will take place in the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The tremendous trio of poets come from different walks of life, but each has much to say about the South. A native of Columbia,
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Waiting for the Hour: Watch Night and the Emancipation Proclamation

The Gullah Geeche Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission is sponsoring a Corridor-wide celebration of the 155th anniversary of the official day, January 1, 1863, when enslaved people in the Low Country, the Sea Islands and throughout the United States emerged from bondage as a result of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Commission is working with leaders and individuals from the faith communities (of all denominations) and other community organizations throughout the Corridor to sponsor Watch Night and/or Emancipation Day Celebrations within churches and communities on the eve of January 1, 2018.  Though Watch Night has continued to be observed in
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