Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

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...

August 20, 2019

It's the first day of the fall semester at my university, and my thoughts have been turning, as they often do, to the nature and purpose of my work and my attitude towards it. Some years ago I came across this essay, part of a scholarly exchange in the newsletter of th...

November 27, 2017

The case was filed in 1993, when I was still in high school. Abbeville County School District v. State of South Carolina, brought by 39 poor, rural, and more-than-average black school districts alleging that the state's antiquated school funding formula unfairly disadv...

November 1, 2017

I'm pleased to share that my excellent publisher, the University Press of Florida, is again running a holiday sale on my book, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina's Baha'i Community, and all of its other great titles.

If you haven't gotten your copy yet o...

September 27, 2017

Good gracious God!

Looking for a quick and easy way to tell if NFL owners really care about black lives or are just in it for the money? By extension, would you like to know a litmus test for the political maturation of the Euro-American people? When we see THIS just be...

July 7, 2017

My friend, a young African American man, was beaten up by police and arrested yesterday in the Charleston area after being stopped for not using a turn signal.

A turn signal.

My friend.

Not somebody in the news.

Somebody whom I've known since he was a kid, who has been t...

May 30, 2017

Yesterday among the many Memorial Day tributes I saw on social media, I was particularly struck by one from the Reconstruction Era National Monument with a link to a fine article from 2011 by one of our most respected historians, David Blight, about the interracial ori...

April 8, 2017

Deflection. Deception. Disinformation. Disavowal. Duplicity.

Sadly, these appear to be the new normal in the highest offices of the honored government of my country, the United States. And there is little on the horizon to indicate anything but more of the same for a c...

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