reflections on race, religion, history & social change

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...

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

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...

November 11, 2016

This Sunday, November 13, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, a statewide non-profit that aims to promote “understanding and cooperation” among religious communities, will hold its annual conference in Florence, hosted by the local branch of the organization. I have...

August 4, 2016

This morning, Francis Marion University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences in downtown Florence, and I'm glad I was there. The crowd was a virtual cross-section of the Florence community and the atmosphere was warm....

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...

October 27, 2015


I'm very proud of my students in South Carolina History who showed their characteristic thoughfulness during a cold and rainy visit today to the Florence National Cemetery and the site of the Florence Stockade, a massive prisoner-of-war camp from the waning days of th...

March 31, 2015

I'm pleased to share my latest piece for the Good Men Project, entitled "Jim Crow Is Still America's National Religion...But It Doesn't Have to Be." It's a version of a talk I gave last month at the Florence County Library, slightly expanded and revised for a national...

February 3, 2015

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. it will be my pleasure to participate in an observance of Black History Month at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on S. Dargan St. in Florence. The program is entitled: "A Historical Overview of the Black Experie...

January 25, 2015

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 25, the Florence Branch of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is hosting the second in a quarterly series of educational events about the diversity of religious communities in the Florence area. The event will take place from 2:30 to 5:00 p...

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