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FOCUS:   It’s festival season again

FOCUS: It’s festival season again

Staff reports | The Charleston festival season opens for 17 days Friday as Spoleto Festival USA offers more than 160 ticketed events in 12 venues throughout Charleston while the city’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival for 2017 has more than 500 events through June 11.

Perhaps the easiest way to get the full flavor of all of the offerings is to scroll through each festival’s websites, but we offer some highlights and links below.

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GOOD NEWS:  Author of Potlikker Papers to be in Charleston June 2

GOOD NEWS: Author of Potlikker Papers to be in Charleston June 2

Staff reports | Longtime Charleston Currents friend John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will be in the Holy City 5 p.m. June 2 for a discussion of his new book, Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. Also inside: Commission on Women meetings; Trident Tech honorees.

"Mother" Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, S.C.

FOCUS: Rivers, Sanders to launch Living Your Truth series tonight

Staff reports | The Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative will launch its two-hour Living Your Truth series at 6:30 p.m. today at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in Charleston.

The event will be hosted by two longtime friends, Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III and former College of Charleston President Alex Sanders.

According to a press release, the series beings together diverse voices to inspire, challenge and foster understanding in Charleston, which the effort’s leaders believe is ready to reflect on the truth and perspectives necessary for racial healing and transformation.

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Lynch, left, and Blomquist.

GOOD NEWS: Mayor, group to announce freedom school for literacy today

Staff reports | Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and fellow members of the Charleston Freedom School Advisory Committee will hold a press conference today announcing the successful fundraising campaign and latest plans for a Charleston Freedom School, a six-week literacy program this summer for 50 at-risk peninsula students.

FOCUS:   Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

FOCUS: Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

Staff reports | The Charleston Forum will host a public discussion June 16 to address racial issues in the context of economics and education; policing and criminal justice; the future of the past; and the Charleston experience.

“I am looking forward to participating in the Charleston Forum this summer. We must embrace these opportunities to come together and listen to one another,” Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg said in a statement. “It is only by gaining an understanding of our different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that we can create a united vision for a brighter future.”

Tickets are $10 and available online. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

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GOOD NEWS:  Congratulations to area graduates

GOOD NEWS: Congratulations to area graduates

Staff reports | Graduates of area colleges tossed their hats into the air over the weekend as they celebrated hard work hitting the books. Pictured above is Sarah Anne Dumont, one of 657 graduates of Charleston Southern University. That was the school’s largest graduation since its founding in 1964.

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FOCUS:  Assessing an almost-invisible population in Charleston

FOCUS: Assessing an almost-invisible population in Charleston

By Becca Hopkins, special to Charleston Currents | People flock to Charleston. They come in droves for the weather, the culture, the food, the slower pace of life. For most people, Charleston is an eminently livable city and both the tourist industry and the pace of residential growth reflect that.

However, there is one almost-invisible population in Charleston that is not enjoying the advantages that Charleston has to offer. Charleston is home to hundreds of individuals under the age of 25 who are either experiencing homelessness or some variety of housing insecurity. An even greater number are experiencing food insecurity, meaning that they don’t get an adequate amount of nutritious food regularly. This population is mixed in with our K-12 students and college students, though there are many who are not in school and are living off the grid and outside of any systems.

GOOD NEWS:  Wentworth collaborates in new national book of poetry

GOOD NEWS: Wentworth collaborates in new national book of poetry

Staff reports | Charleston Currents contributing editor and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth’s work is getting attention in a new national book that targets middle-school children to open their eyes to the joys of poetry. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is a collection of original poems by Newbery Medal–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with poems by teacher-poet Chris Colderley and Wentworth.

Also in Good News: Library to take part in summer feeding program; Tall ship makes it to Charleston; and North Charleston Fire Department wins coveted Class 1 ISO rating.

by · 04/30/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
FOCUS:  Educators urge governor to sign pension reform bill

FOCUS: Educators urge governor to sign pension reform bill

By Bernadette Hampton, special to Charleston Currents | The South Carolina Education Association encourages residents of Charleston County, especially all educators in the Charleston area, to urge Gov. Henry McMaster to sign the responsible, bipartisan pension funding bill. This bill allows South Carolina to keep its obligations to public employees and remain competitive with other states. And, pensions remain the best bang for the buck for our taxpayers.

Public pensions cover over 549,000 teachers, firefighters and other South Carolina workers. In fact, 1 out 9 South Carolina residents are covered by our pensions systems. With an average benefit of just $21,000 a year, pensions provide a modest but dignified retirement for our public employees. Under this bill, teachers will contribute a greater percentage of their pay, now 9 percent of pay, toward their pension, sharing the sacrifice of increase with the state.

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Charleston Slum, 1929, by Edward Hopper. Watercolor on paper.  Image provided by The Gibbes Museum.

GOOD NEWS: Gibbes announces new series of coming exhibitions

Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced seven special exhibitions that will appear in its third floor galleries between May 2017 and September 2018. The shows include a broad look at perspectives of Charleston by various artists, the work of 18th century artist and explorer Mark Catesby, Pan-American modernism and American folk art.

by · 04/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs