Black History Month

Organizations offering college scholarships for Black students

Two Lowcountry minority organizations are offering scholarships to help Black students begin and complete their college careers. Four scholarship opportunities are available.

Israeli ambassador visits Charleston for Black History Month

Mount Pleasant Police honors town’s first Black police officer

Author remembers local men who played crucial role in the Great Migration of Blacks

  National Action Network helps screen companies for work at The Citadel

International African American Museum on track to open early in 2022

  Charleston native performs during Superbowl Halftime show

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  McMaster honors Lowcountry principal with Order of Palmetto

Orangeburg Massacre commemoration to be virtual this year

  Police Chief Reggie Burgess reflects on growing up in North Charleston

Black History Spotlight: Chubby Checker is still ‘twistin’ after 60 years

  Lowcountry group petitioning to have Harriet Tubman’s image placed on $20 bill.

  Citadel cadets tour the International African American Museum site

  Old Slave Mart Museum opening extra hours for Black History Month

To mark the start of Black History Month, the Old Slave Mart Museum says they will be opening on Sundays for the month of February.

SC Black History Month celebration in Rock Hill recognizes 60th anniversary of Friendship Nine

On the last day of January in 1961, a group of African-American students from Friendship Junior College staged a sit-in at the McCrory’s segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill.

23rd Annual Martin Luther King Portrait Awards will honor Lowcountry frontline workers

The 23rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Award ceremony was held virtually and streamed on Live 5′s Facebook page.

Plan for Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bills in works, White House says

The effort to put on the $20 the image of Tubman, a former slave who helped others gain freedom, was first announced during the Obama administration in 2016.

Dothan girl writes letter to Kamala Harris, “You are my role model”

New Breonna Taylor bust smashed in Oakland

Tyler Perry donates $100,000 to defense fund of Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend

  Facebook awards $1 Million to Coastal Community Foundation

World War II veteran from Ladson turns 104 years old

UofSC hosting another virtual forum on renaming campus buildings

  Family, friends mourn passing of Lowcountry soul food restaurateur Alice Warren

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for the woman who brought people of all different walks of life together to enjoy a good meal at her two Lowcountry restaurants.

  Protesters march in downtown Charleston, vow to return Saturday

Protesters were back in downtown Charleston Friday night, at one point facing off with a line of police officers during a heated moment.

  North Charleston family adjusting to life after pandemic forces adult children back home to live

And then when the pandemic hit and shut the NBA down, Jatae, who had already moved out on her own, came home. So now we have all four children at home, three grown, and the one that's saying why are y'all back cause this is my house. So now everybody's under one roof.

  Group aiming to improve racial equality kicks off first meeting Tuesday

A new group formed to address racial inequities is hoping to bring changes to the City of Charleston holds its first meeting Tuesday night.

  New nonprofit advocates for African American students and parents in the Lowcountry

The Lowcountry Black Parents Association is working to close the achievement gap between African American students and other students.

‘Wakanda Forever’: S.C. boy honors memory of Chadwick Boseman in viral photo

Carter Sweeney loves to play with his Marvel superhero action figures.

  ‘We want to make a statement on our campus:’ UofSC football team marches on social justice issues

The University of South Carolina’s football team spoke briefly on campus Monday morning on social justice issues after Head Coach Will Muschamp’s decision to cancel football activities.

  Mount Pleasant to consider declaring racism a public health threat

A Mount Pleasant committee will vote Wednesday on a resolution that would name racism as a threat to public health, which its authors hope would help in the fight to end systemic racism.

LIVE: Racial Justice Town Hall being held online

The Charleston Police Department and community members will take part Thursday night in a virtual Racial Justice Town Hall event.

Charleston Police invite questions for Racial Justice Town Hall

Charleston Police say the public may submit questions for an upcoming Racial Justice Town Hall event planned for Thursday.

Scrubbing off the hate: Artist removes racial slurs from his mural celebrating diversity

McClellan Douglas was told to expect hate for making a mural celebrating diversity, but the fact that he should expect backlash at all further motivated his art.

  Black Lives Matter members march to North Charleston City Hall, demand to see mayor

Members of Black Lives Matter marched to North Charleston City Hall Friday afternoon, demanding to see Mayor Keith Summey and city council members.

‘It is what it is’: Woodrow Wilson House won’t change its name

President Woodrow Wilson’s name has been removed from two buildings at Princeton University, but no changes are planned for his childhood home in Augusta.

  Alabama football team video: “All Lives Can’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter”

Quarterback Mac Jones, linebacker Dylan Moses and more made statement about the value of unity on a team and within society.

  Wednesday night prayer service brings churches together after Calhoun statue’s removal

Just a block away from where the Calhoun Monument stood, a prayer service had been planned at Mother Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night.

  City Council approves resolution to remove John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square

Charleston city leaders have approved a resolution to remove the statue of John C. Calhoun from Marion Square. Charleston City Council voted unanimously on the resolution Tuesday night.

  Charleston Co. School Board to consider renaming Memminger Elementary

A downtown Charleston school named after a Confederate secretary of the treasury could get a new name.

  Family of woman who portrayed Aunt Jemima opposes move to change brand

An East Texas family is not happy about the 'brand changing' of a popular pancake syrup: Aunt Jemima. The iconic Aunt Jemima has long standing ties with the city of Hawkins, and a goodwill ambassador named 'Lillian Richard.'

Group to hold protest outside N. Charleston City Hall

A group has scheduled a march Saturday afternoon in North Charleston that will end at the city hall.

Lawmakers to join marchers at Black Lives Matter rally at Statehouse

State and U.S. lawmakers will take part in a Black Lives Matter March and Rally Sunday in Columbia as part of the ongoing Juneteenth celebration.

State lawmakers will push to name June ‘Black Lives Matter Month’ in S.C.

Five Democratic South Carolina House members plan to file legislation that would proclaim the month of June as “Black Lives Matter Month” in the Palmetto State.

Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain - and now national action

In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade or a community festival.

Police: 9 arrested in connection with vandalism to Calhoun monument

Charleston Police say they arrested seven adults and two juveniles Wednesday after the John C. Calhoun monument in Marion Square was vandalized.

  Lexington police chief, pastor have open conversation about race

Chief Terrence Green offered a unique perspective, referring to himself as both black and blue.

Defying law, Charleston to remove statue of slavery advocate

Today, as yet another shocking killing of an African American roils the country, bringing a wave of pulled down statues and the removal of names of historical figures who repressed or oppressed other people, South Carolina leaders appears to be sitting out this movement so far.

  SPECIAL: ‘Remembering the Emanuel 9’

Wednesday marks five years since nine lives were taken at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

Live 5 Facebook Town Hall: I survived Covid-19

Their symptoms included headache, fatigue, high fever, severe cough, severe diarrhea and shortness of breath. One had to be hospitalized, while others battled the disease from home.

Community invited to pay final respects to civil rights leader and AME Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady

Bishop Z.L. Grady was 89 years old and is survived by his wife, children and other loved ones.

S.C.'s longest-serving black senator won’t seek re-election in 2020

State Sen. John Matthews, who represents portions of Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election this year.

  The movie-going experience during segregation prompted blacks to fight for better treatment.

"They would often refer to the upper seats as the buzzard's roost or the peanut gallery because those were often the least cared for sections of the theater to begin with at the time," Professor Damon Fordham said.

  The Citadel’s first African American barber recalls his journey at South Carolina’s military college

Thad Miller got the job, but was told he could only maintain the hair of the black cadets at The Citadel.

  Edith Frierson Elementary students explain the history of Black History Month

Black History Month first began as Negro History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson wanted schools and communities all over the nation to learn about the accomplishments of African Americans and celebrate their contributions to society.

Organization holding event to share traditions of Gullah Geechee people of the Lowcountry

The ‘Awakening the Ancestors’ event is on Sunday, February 23, at 4 p.m at the Wesley United Methodist Church of John’s Island.

  Black History Month: Interview with Super Bowl Champion Alex Brown

On Super Bowl Sunday, one of the youngest persons to hoist the Lombardi trophy was Alex Brown of the Kansas City Chiefs.

  Black History Month: Remembering the 1969 hospital workers’ strike

As America dealt with racial strife and injustice, the city of Charleston was not immune. In 1969, the hospital workers at the medical college went on strike demanding better treatment and better pay.

  ‘We Shall Overcome,’ anthem of Civil Rights movement, had Charleston roots

Echoes of the song “We Shall Overcome” reverberates through the nation at marches, around Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday and during Black History Month.

  Music of the Movement: A Lowcountry gospel singer explains the songs of the Civil Rights era

Whether it was a meeting, a march or a protest, during the Civil Rights Movement, there was always music.

  Lowcountry Civil Rights icon Esau Jenkins honored at national museum

Mention Lowcountry icons of black history and Esau Jenkins' name is guaranteed to be in the mix.

  Charleston claims first Memorial Day celebration with African Americans playing significant role

The last Monday in May is always observed as Memorial Day, a day to remember those who lost their lives serving as members of the United States military.

  ’Bruised, but never broken’ woman recounts experience integrating North Charleston High School

Vertrilla Kathy Price Hunt was among the first African American students to attend North Charleston High School in the late 1960′s.

  St. Stephen plans to honor artist, educator Dr. Leo Twiggs

Dr. Leo Twiggs is one of the newest inductees into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

  Black History Month: Remembering ‘The Big Bopper’

His voice was as big as his personality. His personality as big as his name, Frankie “The Big Bopper” Green.

  Mosquito Beach set to get marker from National Park Service

Mosquito Beach is about 10 minutes from Folly Beach, but in the 50's during the Jim Crow era that kept blacks and whites separate in the south, blacks could not go to Folly Beach.

  These famous faces in Hollywood have roots in the Lowcountry and South Carolina

From Andrews to Anderson, several famous African American actors and actresses were born and some grew up right here in the Lowcountry or other parts of South Carolina,

  Lowcountry Gullah folk band wins big at the Grammy Awards

A Charleston-based Gullah folk band is bringing a Grammy back to the Lowcountry.

  Historian works to protect slave gravesites near housing construction in North Charleston

A historian says a North Charleston property that could be used to build townhomes is where a suspected slave gravesite is located.

  Martin Luther King Jr. rally in Charleston addresses education, gun violence

Charleston celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King day with a rally that addressed education, gun violence and other issues

S.C. high school legend James ‘Radio’ Kennedy dies, family confirms

The man who became a fixture at football games at an Upstate high school and the subject of a feature film has died.

  Mosquito Beach community continues fight for road ownership

For more than 20 years, the Mosquito Beach Business Association has been fighting to gain control of Mosquito Beach Road.

  Mosquito Beach nomination to historic register approved, faces final vote from feds

The Mosquito Beach Historic District is only one step away from being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

  Juneteenth is Wednesday; Here’s why it’s sacred

Although President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had been signed for more than two years, there was no one to enforce the executive order throughout the slave states until the Union soldiers arrived.

FLASHBACK: Dr. King visited Charleston in 1962, July 1967

Seated on the stage were some of King's Lowcountry right-hand men

  Long-lost audio of MLK speech to be used in CCSD middle, high schools

A long-lost audio recording of one of Martin Luther King Jr's speeches from 57 years ago has been found.

  Lowcountry mourns ‘Tony the Peanut Man’

A Lowcountry icon known for peanuts and his energetic, friendly personality has passed away.

  Church shooting victim’s brother speaks at Black History Month event

The brother of one of the nine parishioners of Mother Emanuel AME Church gunned down last summer spoke at MUSC as part of Black History Month.

Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum holds black history talks

The story of the Union 54th Massachusetts Volunteers is being told as part of Black History month events at Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum.

  Former Senator Robert Ford talks about working with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Former Senator Robert Ford, of Charleston, worked alongside Dr. King. Ford joined the fight for civil rights a teenager.

Bazaar bridges Black History gap at The Citadel

February is Black History Month, and cadets at The Citadel say they're trying to bridge the historical gap between Emancipation and the Inauguration. "You get a true understanding where we come from that's