Exhibit brings taste of freedom to the Midlands

During the first year of the Civil War, on November 7, 1861, Union forces consisting of approximately 60 ships and 20,000 men under the command of Union Navy Captain Samuel F. DuPont and Army General Thomas W. Sherman attacked Confederate forces commanded by Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Drayton (a local plantation owner) defending Hilton Head Island at Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard. By 3:00 p.m., the Confederate forces had retreated from the forts; when Union troops landed on Hilton Head Island, they encountered no resistance and discovered that the white inhabitants of the island had already fled to the mainland.

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The Color Purple comes to Workshop Theater

Mister (Shawn Logan) & Shug (Katrina Blanding)

The Color Purple will spring to life on the Workshop Theatre stage March 15-30. This musical about love is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the movie by the same name.

 

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Bayard Rustin: An Unsung Hero for Equality

A decade before Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, police dragged Bayard Rustin off a bus in Tennessee for the same act of protest. When pressed about why he was resisting segregation, Rustin gestured to a young white boy seated at the front of the bus. “If I sit in the back,” Rustin said, “I am depriving that child of the knowledge that there is injustice here, which I believe is his right to know.”

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Welcome to Obama’s more progressive America

In 2009, President Obama, in a private meeting with congressional leaders, bluntly told the Republicans there that they should agree to his economic ideas because, as he described it, “I won.”

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Parenting Solo: “How to Raise a Pimp” Review

I chuckled in a combination of amusement and disbelief when I read the title my online search engine coughed up. “How to Raise a Pimp” it said. I was looking for articles about bitter and angry moms – BAMs I call them. Apparently my computer concluded that BAMs raise pimps. I had to know more.

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High School BBall Weekend of Champions

This weekend begins March Madness, nationally and locally. The basketball world hums with major college teams positioning themselves for a big tournament run, historically Black college teams battling at the CIAA tourney in Charlotte, and South Carolina high school teams playing for state titles right here in Columbia. A lot of great storylines and talent will be on display at the Colonial Life Arena (CLA) on March 1st and 2nd, for those who only seem to think that our youth are up to no good, here’s a chance to show and support those who are striving to be successful, academically and athletically.

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Conference hoops tournaments in “sportslight”; CIAA ending, MEAC set to begin

With the month of February fading into the time of March Madness, teams within conferences across the width and breadth of this country are in or about to become involve in postseason tournament play.

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The Columbia Urban League presents 2013 Young & Gifted Awards

On February 23, 2013, the Columbia Urban League will host its 2013 Young and Gifted Awards at Brookland Baptist Church. Starting at noon, this program will begin in celebration of Black History Month and the awards ceremony is the state’s largest recognition of African-American Achievement.

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American History Lessons:The Keepers of the Legacy

In these waning moments of yet another busy February I admit to feeling particularly defeated by our typical Black History Month approach, which tends to be rooted in a recitation of “little known black history facts” and the celebration of a few accomplished and brilliant individuals. Our contemporary political environment cries out for an urgent, collective immersion in accurate American history, including its complicated intersections with race and racism. I have a professional nerd fantasy in which I imagine every cable news program devoting a quarter of every hour to the study of American history. I can hear the ratings plummet, but I love the idea of taking just a few moments to inform the public about the broad outlines of our key historical moments, so that these moments cannot be so easily twisted, distorted and misused by ideological movements. Indulge the fantasy for a moment.

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Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers Receives National Recognition

Columbia, SC – Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Inc. (ECCHC) is pleased to announce that Five Points Pediatrics has met the required standards and criteria to be recognized as a Patient-Center Medical Home (PCMH) practice. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Five Points Pediatrics a Level 3 designation, the highest level of recognition. With this highly sought after designation, the first for ECCHC, Five Points Pediatrics becomes the only recognized pediatric practice in the state of South Carolina. This recognition is valid for a period of three years, February 2, 2013 thru February 2, 2016.

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