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Rev. James Myles Hinton Sr. and the NAACP Challenge White Supremacy – and Win


Rev. James Myles Hinton Sr. and the NAACP Challenge White Supremacy – and Win Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. With the encouragement of Rev. James Myles Hinton Sr., president of the SC Conference of Branches of the NAACP from 1941-1958, Black petitioners sued and won lawsuits challenging unequal pay for teachers, the all-white primary, no … Read more

June 12, 2014


The Petitioners of Briggs v. Elliott: ‘Because It Was Right.’


The Petitioners of Briggs v. Elliott: ‘Because It Was Right. Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. More than 100 parents and children signed the Clarendon County petitions that led to Brown v. Board of Education and the end of legal segregation of public schools. The first petition, simply asking that “separate but equal” be equal, led to death … Read more

May 6, 2022


Briggs v. Elliott: How Brown v Board of Education Began in South Carolina


Briggs v. Elliott: How Brown v. Board of Education Began in South Carolina Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. In 1946, Levi and Hammett Pearson asked for a public school bus for the Black rural children of Summerton, SC. White children rode and Black children walked, the white children to brick schools with indoor heat, water … Read more


A Bus Strike and Sit-Ins Led from a Wheelchair: Rev. Cecil Augustus Ivory Sr.


A Bus Strike and Sit-Ins Led from a Wheelchair: Rev. Cecil Augustus Ivory Sr. Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. The Local Committee for Human Rights, directed by Rev. Cecil Augustus Ivory Sr. and energized by a Black worker’s expulsion from a city bus, shut down a city line through a boycott, then provided more than … Read more


The “Soul Power“ of South Carolina Sit-Ins


The “Soul Power“ of South Carolina Sit-Ins Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. James T. McCain, fired as a school principal for NAACP membership, became the first Black and Southern field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The training he provided South Carolina’s Black college students enabled them to meet beatings, fire hose spray, … Read more


1969 Charleston Hospital Strike: 400 Black Women, a Union, and the Southern Leadership Conference


1969 Charleston Hospital Strike: 400 Black Women, a Union, and the Southern Leadership Conference Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. In December 1967, five Black women walked away from their assignments at Medical College Hospital (MCH) when ordered to violate their LPN licensing limits. The hospital segregated restrooms, cafeterias, and mental-health treatment, and did not provide … Read more


Education and the Vote: Then and Now


Education and the Vote: Then and Now Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. South Carolina’s constitution required “Separate schools shall be provided for children of the white and colored races, and no child of either race shall ever be permitted to attend a school provided for children of the other race.” Fewer than 5,000 Black South … Read more


Collecting and Telling Others’ Stories


Collecting and Telling Others’ Stories Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. For Stories of Struggle, I interviewed at least 150 Black activists over many years while working as a journalist and college lecturer. Among my goals were preserving the Black elders’ experiences, which would be lost upon their deaths, and, through their stories, revealing a more accurate depiction … Read more


Turning Your Ideas into Stories


Turning Your Ideas into Stories Presented by C. Hope Clark. Most of us wish we could flesh our thoughts, experiences, and make-believe dreams into stories on paper. The art of theme, plotting and characterization come from understanding what makes for an intriguing read: tension, active voice, creative dialog. Learning how to mold a story concept, … Read more

May 9, 2022


How a Character Becomes 3-D


How a Character Becomes 3-D Presented by C. Hope Clark. Using examples from well-known books, movies and television shows, and whatever example the audience wants to dissect, learn the art of taking a character from basic hair and eye color into a quirky, charismatic, loveable, respectable, enticing, intense, or demonic contributor to a tale. Whether … Read more


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