reflections on race, religion, history & social change

August 26, 2020

Since the onset of the global health crisis, like so many people in the United States and in other countries, new and challenging circumstances at work and at home have required me to change my priorities, at least temporarily. Among other things, this has meant that I...

February 3, 2020

Friends, family, and coworkers in and around Beaufort, SC, please join me for two book talks in the heart of Reconstruction in America this Friday, February 7. From 1 to 3 p.m. I'll be presenting at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Carol...

December 5, 2019

These days, when policy questions of epochal magnitude face governments everywhere and the constitutional order in a number of countries faces grave crises, my thoughts turn often to Baha'u'llah's counsels to the world's legislators.

In his remarkable Tablet to Queen V...

December 4, 2019

Dear family, friends, coworkers and neighbors in the Pee Dee area, please join me and more than a dozen other local authors for the Pee Dee Author Expo, hosted by the Florence County Library on Saturday, December 14, from 2-4 p.m.

I'll have copies of my new book, A Hist...

November 12, 2019

Friends, family, and coworkers in the Midlands of South Carolina, please join me for a free lecture and discussion about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, published earlier this year by the History Press, at the Greater Columbia Baha'i Cente...

November 4, 2019

This weekend I'll be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual conference of the Southern Historical Association (SHA), and local friends have been kind enough to organize two book talks while I'm in town.

The first will be an informal gathering Friday night at...

October 22, 2019

Today as a part of a brief overview of African music, I introduced my Introduction to African & African American Studies class to Ewe polyrhythm, and I think we're all the better for it. 

When I was nineteen and living in southern Togo, I had no idea what polyrhythm wa...

October 8, 2019

A couple of weeks ago at an interesting forum hosted by the SC Human Affairs Commission and the SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, seated next to the Vice-Chair of the Waccamaw Indian People, an African American state legislator, and an advocate for children...

October 2, 2019

This week I'll be attending my first conference as a member of the venerable Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the "Father of Black History," and several colleagues. This 104th annual confe...

October 1, 2019

The History Press released my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, at the end of February, and I'm excited about being on the road to share it!

Weighing in at a slim 190 pages, in softcover, with more than 70 beautiful historic photographs, maps, a...

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