reflections on race, religion, history & social change

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...

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 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 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...

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...

February 10, 2017

On this Martin Luther King Day, I am happy to add my voice to the chorus that has been thanking the Obama Administration for the announcement last Thursday of the creation of three new units of the National Park system that commemorate the struggle for civil rights in...

February 10, 2017

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Victoria Smalls, Director of Development and Public Relations at Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC, on her recent appointment to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission!

Created by Congress in 2006, the Corridor i...

February 8, 2016

If you're like me, then you often find yourself with an embarrassment of riches in terms of good and important things to read online. Of course, there's a welter of noise to sift through, but in fact the amount of excellent reporting, commentary, and scholarship that's...

October 12, 2014

This morning the boys and I went to the grand opening of the new Florence County Museum. While the museum first opened in 1936, today was the debut of its beautiful new facility, one more element in the revitaliztion of the central business district in Florence, South...

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