Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

Fifty years after the NAACP field secretary was assassinated for his work to expand the vote, a new report reaffirms that his sacrifice was not in vain. For the first time in history, African Americans voted at a higher rate (66.2 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (64.1 percent). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, black turnout increased by 1.7 million compared with four years earlier, and the Latino and Asian communities saw enormous increases as well.

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We Need a New Vision for the Brown Decision

James Nabrit Jr., Thurgood Marshall and George E.C. Hayes after their victory in the Brown v. Board of Education case

Nearly 60 years after the landmark case, school segregation and the achievement gap still haunt us.

SCSU Alumnus to Receive SC Historic Preservation Governor’s Award

Michael Allen

Orangeburg, S.C. – South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley has selected SC State University alumnus, Michael A. Allen, ‘82, to receive the 2013 Historic Preservation Governor’s Award. Since 1995, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor have recognized exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of South Carolina’s architectural and cultural heritage with a series of statewide awards. Allen will be presented with the award by Governor Haley outside the Governor’s Office in the lower lobby of the State House on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

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What Black High School Grads Need to Hear

Show Me the Numbers: Graduation speakers often opt for tough love. Here’s what they should say instead.

During a graduation speech this month at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, Tenn., Michelle Obama told students, “When something doesn’t go your way, you’ve just got to adjust. You’ve got to dig deep and work like crazy, and that’s when you’ll find out what you’re really made of during those hard times. But you can only do that if you’re willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail, and that’s why so often failure is the key to success.”

 

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Happenings

Mark your calendars!

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Gospel music fans rejoice with free festival this weekend

WFMV a locally owned Glory Communications Station presents, Familyfest 2013, Sunday May 26th at Columbia’s Finlay Park! South Carolina’s largest and longest running outdoor family festival and Memorial Day Tribute takes center stage at 4pm inside Columbia’s beautiful Finlay Park.

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Scandal

Since the infamous Richland County Elections fiasco of 2012, the Old Guard (“OG”) has really ramped it up a few notches.  Turns out…fiercely protecting and defending incompetence is only a fraction of the skills they’ve acquired during their 6-month tirade.

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Tour of installation art show focused on Washington Street and Civil Rights

You can get an inside and underneath view of installation art with a free tour of Install It 3 – above and below at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

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Columbia Urban League Hosts First Annual Speaker Series

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Columbia Urban League Project Ready Mentor Program will host its 1st Annual Speaker Series: Empowering Youth for the Future at the Cecil Tillis Center. Beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. this free event will provide youth with a real account of hardships and practical advice how to overcome them through hard work, dedication, and determination.

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Bethlehem Baptist Church of Columbia, Inc. To Celebrate Centennial

Columbia, SC – In 1913 when Bethlehem Baptist Church on Lyon Street in Columbia was founded, Woodrow Wilson was President, women were protesting in Washington, D.C. for the right to vote, and African Americans were celebrating just 50 years of freedom.

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