Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

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 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...

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...

February 9, 2018

Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre and two days after the murder of one of South Carolina's most prominent advocates of social justice, Muhiyyidin d'Baha, in New Orleans, I would like to invite all South Carolinians of good conscience to "Beyond...

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...

June 15, 2016

Here's a great little documentary (less than 9 min.) about the Be a Man Club in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It profiles 16-year-old Dragan Kisin, who went from a troubled youth to a mentor for others through the influence of the Be a Man Club, a project of CARE...

February 12, 2016

I was beyond pleased this moring to see this great interview on the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation--the leading national advocate for protecting the priceless heritage of our built environment. In the interview, Florence native Mrs. Mabel Dicke...

February 5, 2016

The Atlanta Baha'i Center is not just one small faith community's place of worship; it is an important site in the history of interracialism in American religious practice. While there were a handful of Baha'is, black and white, in Atlanta from early in the 20th centur...

January 15, 2015

South Carolinians are used to hearing plenty of less-than-positive news about their state in the media, local and national. Some of it is condescending and smug, but much is well deserved for a state that continues to lag behind in most measures of human development an...

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