Music and Politics

Music and Politics Presented by Eric J. Lapin. An in-depth look at the relationship between political structures and musical movements.  Depending upon the interests of the group, this talk can include Beethoven’s Musical Treatment from Napoleon to Hitler, Baroque Music and Absolutism, Mozart and the Enlightenment, Jim Crow and Jazz, or many others. Click here … Read more

The Early-Modern Origins of Today’s Political Satire

The Early-Modern Origins of Today’s Political Satire Presented by Christopher Johnson. As we are bombarded daily by ever-coarsening political discourse, it is tempting to long for a gentler, perhaps more civil, age. Imagining a past similar to the worlds of Jane Austen novels, we sometimes project our wishes onto the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This … Read more

The War That Made America: The French and Indian War

The War That Made America: The French and Indian War Presented by Aliene Shields Humphries. The French and Indian War pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France, each side supported by military units from the parent country and by American Indian allies. Humphries discusses the experiences of this often-forgotten conflict and … Read more

Education and the Vote: Then and Now

Education and the Vote: Then and Now Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. South Carolina’s 1895 constitution disenfranchised Black citizens. The constitution, which was not submitted to a popular vote, also said, “Separate schools shall be provided for children of the white and colored races, and no child of either race shall ever be permitted to … Read more

400 Black Women and a Union: The 1969 Charleston Hospital Strike

400 Black Women and a Union: The 1969 Charleston Hospital Strike Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. In December 1967, five Black women left work at Medical College Hospital in Charleston when ordered to violate their LPN licensing limits. Despite the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the hospital segregated patients, restrooms, and cafeterias, and did not provide … Read more

“Soul Power“ of South Carolina Sit-Ins

“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). CORE’s founders had accepted imprisonment rather than fight in World War II and Korea; they emulated Mahatma Gandhi’s … Read more

From a Wheelchair

From a Wheelchair Presented by Claudia Smith Brinson. A fourteen-year-oldfell far from a pecan tree; the family accepted the doctor’s diagnosis: Cecil Augustus Ivory would never again walk. After six months in bed, Ivory employed two cane chairs as crutches and walked again. His drive and determination led to a football scholarship, a divinity degree, … Read more

How Brown v Board of Education Began in South Carolina

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 Black children who walked nine miles to school in Summerton, SC. The request could have gotten the Pearsons killed and did lead to gunfire into their homes, … Read more

Briggs v. Elliott: ‘Because It Was Right’

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