Revisiting the FBI’s Dirty War on Black America

The tale of FBI informant Ernest Withers is now well known. He spent years busily snapping photos of many major civil rights happenings, actions, and doings of civil rights leaders, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He got close-up shots of them because either through disinterest, Wither’s flattery, or simply naivety, they trusted him to record their sometimes most intimate moments. While Withers snapped away, he dutifully reported everything he saw and heard to his FBI handlers.

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This Week in History

Cultural Dimensions: What Makes Us Different, Makes Us Better

Sumter, SC – The AJBM Literary Foundation (www.artheniambates.com), in association with the Sumter County Cultural Commission, and the University of South Carolina College of Education announces the third Annual Millican Festival will be held February 18th and 19th, 2011, in umter and Columbia, South Carolina. The festival honors the contributions and legacy of author, poet, educator, and Sumter native Arthenia Jackson Bates Millican. Last year’s celebration featured poet Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), and brought together hundreds of participants to learn about and be inspired by Dr. Millican’s work. An extra special addition this year is the launch of Nikky Finney’s new book of poems, Head Off & Split with a meet and greet with the author and book signing event. All events are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

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SC State Hosts 2011 Winter Open House

SC State’s Office of Admissions, Recruitment and Scholarships will host its 2011 Annual Winter Open House on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 from 9a.m. to 2p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium located on the campus of SC State University. Registration is scheduled from 8a.m. to 9a.m.

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Hardy Recognized by the SC General Assembly

Earlier this week, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize and commend award-winning journalist Cynthia Pryor Hardy for her outstanding contribution to the people of the Palmetto State. She was praised for the valuable community service she has provided by freely giving her time and service in various charitable and philanthropic ways. Hardy has received numerous awards and citations for her work in both communications and community service.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Thomas’s silence on bench is anything but golden

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas peppered an attorney with a question during oral arguments on a South Carolina death penalty case. The questioning of an attorney by a Supreme Court Justice would normally not make news but Thomas’s question did, not because it was penetrating, involved a complex point of law, elicited important data, or because he asked it out of just plain curiosity, but because he even asked it at all. It was a rarity. He asked it five years ago, and hasn’t asked another question since then.

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The Reagan I Remember

February 6th marked the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, considered by some as one of America’s truly great Presidents. Indeed, some presidential historians have called him a “transformative” figure because he is credited with presiding over the collapse of the Soviet Union. On the domestic front Reagan is hailed by conservatives as the President who began to get the “burden” of a bloated government off the backs of the people. Moreover, “the great communicator” as he was called, is praised for restoring a sense of optimism and honor to the American people after the demoralizing debacle in Viet Nam. Even President Barak Obama has expressed his admiration for the accomplishments of the movie actor who rose to become the 40th President of the most powerful nation in the world. The airways were filled with praise and accolades for Ronald Reagan, the revered, beloved, iconic figure. I heard few if any words about his warts and blemishes. It was as if he had none.

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Parenting Solo: Second Class Baby

What is this world coming to? Usually that question comes up when someone is outraged about a situation that is happening around them – something they never thought would happen. I heard many variations of that question circulating when controversy erupted over the crowning of a seventeen year old high school beauty queen, who was also a teen mom. Seriously, no one saw that coming – really?

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Mexicans are Hungry; Americans are Starving

Senator Ford is back in the news. He’s made another whacky, off-the-cuff remark that many say shines a negative light on South Carolina’s public officials.

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