reflections on race, religion, history & social change

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...

February 22, 2017

Special thanks to Michael Bedenbaugh, intrepid executive director of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, for visiting my Introduction to Public History class yesterday, and for staying afterwards to talk more! Mike's sincerity, integrity, creativity, passion,...

September 29, 2016

I was really sorry not to be able to make it to the third annual conference of the Slave Dwelling Project earlier this month in Columbia, although I'm glad that Karl McAlister, one of my colleagues from Francis Marion University and the main caretaker and docent for ou...

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...

December 1, 2014

It is my real honor to have just been appointed as an ex officio member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, representing Francis Marion University.


The Commission was formed in 2001 by executive order of Gov. Jim Hodges, replacing an earlier ent...

October 19, 2014

This past Tuesday evening it was my pleasure to moderate a panel discussion with three distinguished scholars as part of a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sponsored by the McNair Center for Research and Service and the African America...

October 13, 2014

Tomorrow, October 14, 2014 Francis Marion Univeristy's McNair Center for Research and Service will host a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguably one of the most far-reaching laws ever passed in the United States.


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