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HISTORY:  Bernice Robinson (1914-1994)

HISTORY: Bernice Robinson (1914-1994)

S.C. Encyclopedia | Educator and civil rights activist Bernice Violanthe Robinson was born in Charleston on February 7, 1914. Her father was a bricklayer, plasterer, and tile setter, which made the family financially independent. As such, Robinson’s parents discouraged their nine children from seeking jobs as domestic workers in white Charleston homes. Robinson grew to realize the value of education, a lesson that served her well. She married in the 1930s and had a daughter, Jacquelyn, but her husband left to find work and never returned. During the 1940s Robinson left Charleston for New York City with intentions of becoming a musician. Instead she worked in garment factories, as a beautician, and eventually as a civil servant. In New York she enjoyed the privilege of living in a nonsegregated community.

Esau Jenkins

HISTORY: Esau Jenkins

S.C. Encyclopedia | Born on July 3, 1910, on Johns Island, Jenkins was the only child of Peter Jenkins and Eva Campbell. He was forced to end his formal education in the fourth grade to help supplement the family’s income. At age seventeen, he married Janie Jones. Of their thirteen children, seven survived, all of whom earned college degrees.

The back panels of this van are on display at the new Smithsonian Museum for African American History and Culture.

BRACK: Yes, love is progress and hate is expensive

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | If you’re relatively new to the state or under age 50, you may not know the story of Esau Jenkins.

But you should. And now, the world will know more about this incredible Johns Island civil rights leader thanks to a permanent exhibit in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that opens Saturday. The exhibit displays Jenkins motto — “Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive” — on the back panels of a Volkswagen microbus that ferried people on the sea islands to work, school and the voting polls.

Jenkins, born into the Jim Crow South in 1910 when blacks on Johns Island were poor, uneducated and mired in poverty, had an entrepreneurial, charismatic gift of inspiring people to seek justice, education and a chance for something better that they were so long denied. He first farmed vegetables, learning enough Greek to sell to Charleston merchants in the Depression.

by · 09/23/2016 · Andy Brack, Commentary
PHOTO:  Civil rights suit to be filed in Stinney case

PHOTO: Civil rights suit to be filed in Stinney case

Staff reports | Students in a new clinical externship program at the Charleston School of Law will assist in the filing of a civil rights case for redress of wrongs done in 1944 to George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old Clarendon County resident pictured above who was executed for murder without an appeal that year.

“The George Stinney case is back,” Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell said this morning at a press conference. Nothing can bring back George Stinney Jr., but we can use the civil court process to try to get justice for his family.

“A big lesson we try to provide students at the law school is that they need to give back to the community — and righting this wrong through the legal process will be a great learning experience as well as being the right thing to do,” said Bell, who added that his Georgetown law firm said would file the case with the help of the students.

by · 08/26/2016 · Features, Photo
Former Dillon School student Ty'Sheoma Bethea, (L) who wrote a letter about the condition of her school to President Obama, stands with Rural Development South Carolina State Director Vernita Dore next to a drawing of a new school building funded with Recovery Act loan and grant funds provided through USDA. (2010 photo by USDA.  More.)

NEWS: Report documents education underfunding

By Bill Davis, senior editor | Alan Richard wants to be prouder of his home state. But it’s hard for the man who grew up in Piedmont and went on to cover an education beat for several state newspapers and has since moved on to national publications from his perch in Washington, D.C.

Richard is one of the principal authors of a new report released jointly by two national education watchdogs. The report claims massive inequities in public schools nationally and displays the problem as a growing civil rights issue.

by · 06/12/2015 · News
Coretta Scott King (center) with strikers, Charleston, South Carolina, 1969, courtesy of the Avery Research Center. Left to right: Julia Davis, Mary Moultrie, Coretta Scott King, Rosetta Simmons, Juanita Abernathy, and Doris Turner. Photo from 1969 via the Avery Research Center at the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.

History: Charleston hospital workers’ strike

In Charleston in 1969, issues of race, class, and gender coalesced in a strike of more than 400 African American hospital workers, mostly female, against the all-white administrations of the Medical College Hospital and Charleston County Hospital.