Bernice Stokes Robinson | Courtesy of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston, SC, USA
● Educator involved with voter-registration drives ● Selected by Highlander + the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to set up voter-registration workshops across South Established Citizenship Schools to teach Black people how to read the Constitution, so they could register to vote (required at of the time due to discriminatory laws) ● First teacher for the Citizenship Schools on Johns Island ● Along with Esau Jenkins + Septima Clark, credited with helping two milliondisenfranchised citizens earn the right to vote
Mary Mcleod Bethune | Courtesy of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston, SC, USA
● Educator who taught at schools in South Carolina + Georgia and established schools in Florida ● Started a small school for Black girls that becameBethune-Cookman University ● First Black woman to serve as a college president ● Established programs to end segregated education, improve healthcare + help women use the voting ballot ● President Roosevelt elected her as the first Black woman to head the Federal Council on Negro Affairs, a federal agency also known as the “Black Cabinet” ● Portrait hangs in the State House in Columbia
Coronavirus ○ Due to inclement weather near COVID-19 vaccine distribution centers, MUSC has announced that more than 10,000 vaccination appointments have been rescheduled for later dates. Updates on vaccination appointments + delays can be found here. (WCIV) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
Development ○ Revel at Carolina Park,a community in Mount Pleasant for those 55+, is set to open this summer. The development will include 130 cottage homes + 234 one and two bedroom apartments.
WaterCooler ○Charleston native Raven Saunders has her sights set on a return to the Olympic Games after winning first place at the American Track League meet on Sun., Feb. 22 with a shot put throw of 19.57 meters. Raven plans to compete at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials this coming June. 👟 (Post and Courier)
Closed ○ Pane e Vino, an Italian restaurant located at 17 Warren St., hasofficially closed. An Indian-American fusion restaurant called Coterie will take its place under local mixologist Jeremy Buck. 🍴 (Eater Carolinas)
BlackHistoryMonth ○ Longtime Civil Rights activist Michael Allen has spent a lifetime educating fellow South Carolinians on Black historyinAmerica, and in 2019, he received The Order of the Palmetto as recognition for his exemplary devotion to serving the Black community. (WCIV)
Announced ○ The highly anticipated opera “Omar,”which was originally scheduled to premiere at Spoleto Festival USA in May of 2020, will once again be postponed due to health + safety concerns related to COVID-19. The production team now sets its sights on a 2022 release date. 🎶 (Post and Courier)
Health ○ Has your dry January rolled into dry February? If you’re not on board with fully removing alcohol from your routine, consider introducing spacer drinks. Think a Coke in between drinking a rum + Coke, suggests Sarah Book, the medical director of the center for drug + alcohol programs at MUSC, on arecent episode of Heath Focus.Ⓟ
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