This Week in History

This Week in History

The ABC’s of Black History Month

Black History month has been a controversial concept for years now. Some people feel like it confines our celebration of our people to one month while others think it’s patronizing. Whatever the case, I never mind taking a few moments to talk about Black History. I also love the alphabet. So, I figured I’d put both of those things I love together and make an alphabet of people you should know and share this month.

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6th Annual S.C. Black History Parade and Gospel Soiree

Columbia, S.C. – “Karamu! Celebrate! – The Annual South Carolina Black History Parade” returns to the state’s capital city for its sixth year.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Why We Need Black History Month

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was the 16-year-old valedictorian of his high school class in 1964 — also known as “Freedom Summer” — when the slaying of three civil rights workers punctuated escalating racial violence in his state. What does he remember about the time? “Not much,” he told The Associated Press recently. What he does remember is revisionist, including claims that his generation attended integrated schools and the racist White Citizens’ Councils were civil rights champions.

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Blacks should shun Ohio gov who ‘doesn’t need them’

What does one make of a governor who in 2011 flatly tells respected representative group of his state’s black legislators that “I don’t need your people?” This is the same governor who blew off the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s invitation to attend the tenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration while he was in the city. The same governor who one of his first acts on taking office was to strike “gender identity” from his predecessor’s executive order that prohibited discrimination against state employees. Then he tops all of this by becoming the first governor in the state in nearly a half century not to appoint a single African-American, Hispanic, or Asian person to his cabinet.

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Let the Fun Begin!

This year the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus celebrates 200 years of PT Barnum. The show that has for generations been billed as the greatest show on earth comes to Columbia. From February 3 -6, 2011 the Colonial Life Arena welcomes families from across the Midlands to enjoy the “Barnum’s Funundrum”. It promises to be a spectacular display of incredible performers and amazing animals.

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Parenting Solo: Confessions of a Tigger Mom

What can an Asian supermom and a bouncing cartoon character possibly have in common? A lot actually – at least deep on the inside. Amy Chua rubbed a legion of western parents the wrong way when she wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal touting the superior nature of the Chinese style of parenting. She is proud to call proclaim herself a “tiger mom”. She is pleased to say that her daughters have never been allowed to attend a sleepover, play computer games or watch TV. Most American parents would be quick to brand her a unique blend of cruel and crazy but I see something a little different.

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