Hey Charleston, Katie here. As a white woman, I cannot and will not claim to understand the challenges that the black community faces daily because of the color of their skin. It is because of this, however, that there are resources out there to help educate + activate people of all ages and races on the crucial topics of racism and social justice.
Listed below are some book recommendations from local bookstores that aim to do just that: provide dialogue, stories + conversations about race, privilege, and social justice.
“We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers, Jr. + Marjory Wentworth | “…A probing account of and an insightful meditation on what happened to nine people who got caught being black and trying to be Christian on a warm night in Charleston. This unsentimental yet sensitive book will become a very important part of the way that we remember and honor those nine unique individuals. It will also become an indispensable part of the way that we try to understand the spiritual, racial, social and political meaning of a tragic moment in a long history that we all share.” –Reginald F. Hildebrand, associate professor of African American Studies & History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
“White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin Diangelo | “White fragility is the secret ingredient that makes racial conversations so difficult and achieving racial equity even harder. But by exposing it and showing us all – including white folks – how it operates and how it hurts us, individually and collectively, Robin DiAngelo has performed an invaluable service. An indispensable volume for understanding one of the most important (and yet rarely appreciated) barriers to achieving racial justice.” –Tim Wise, author of “White Like Me: Reflection on Race from a Privileged Son”
“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Iljeoma Oluo | “‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ is warm and foundational enough for people to begin their journey to understanding racism in America, and thought-provoking and challenging enough for people who believe themselves to be well-versed on the subject. In short, it’s for everyone. Ijeoma’s voice cuts through all the noise and stays with you.” –Emily V. Gordon, co-writer of “The Big Sick”
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates | “Hailed by Toni Morrison as ‘required reading,’ a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by ‘the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race.’” –Rolling Stone
Here are some recommendations on books for educating children:
Turning Page Bookshop, 216 St. James Ave. Suite F, Goose Creek | This bookshop, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday, is Charleston’s only black-owned bookstore. It was started by two best friends, Valinda Miller + Arrylee Satterfield, as “a way to spread their love for a good book and give back to their community.”
ProTip: It’s recommended to call to check book availability.
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○ On Thursday, DHEC announced361 new cases of coronavirus and 7 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 13,005, and the total deaths to 525. Of the new cases reported, 32 were in Charleston County, 10 were in Berkeley County, and 8 were in Dorchester County.
○ As of Thursday morning, DHEC reported a 71.34% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,390 inpatient beds currently used, 453 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
○ There are currently 168 permanent testing locations for COVID-19 across South Carolina. There are also 116 mobile testing events scheduled around the state through July 2. Find a testing facility or event near you here.
○ South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette indicated that the final business restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic could be lifted as early as this week. While most sectors have been given the green light to reopen, nightclubs, bowling alleys, theaters, adult entertainment venues and some spectator sports are still prohibited.
○ Charleston ranks 14th on WalletHub’s list of cities with the biggest increases in unemployment rates due to coronavirus. Unemployment in Charleston in April 2020 grew by 651.78% compared to April 2019.
○That being said, the number of new unemployment claims in SC is decreasing. Last week, 18,986 South Carolinians filed their initial uninsurance claim – representing 5,964 fewer claims than the week prior. The number of new claims has decreased weekly for seven consecutive weeks. (WCSC)
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Announced ○ Charleston County Public Library will be offering limited in-person services beginning Mon., June 8, and have modified some of the previously announced hours of operation. The Main + Dart branches will not be offering curbside pick-up at this time, and all other locations will offer it Mon., Tues., Thurs. + Fri. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here for more information on how to use new curbside pick-up service. (Holy City Sinner)
Number ○ $50,000+.The amount of money raised through Charleston Together since its inception on May 31. The funding will be donated to local African Americans + other underserved communities, as well as small businesses who suffered damage during last weekend’s events. Learn more + donate here. (WCIV)
Closed ○ After serving the Charleston yoga community for four years,Urban Yoga Charleston(484 King St., Suite 207) will not be reopening following its closure due to COVID-19.
Open ○ SOL Southwest Kitchen’s Mount Pleasant (1101 Stockade Ln.) +Summerville(1651 N. Main St.) locationsare open for indoor and patio dining. Both locations are open on Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch and 3-9 p.m. for dinner, and Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Opening ○ Summerville cafe First Watch(1097 N Main St. Suite 202) will be opening a second location in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Mon., June 15. The cafe will be open for limited indoor + outdoor seating and will be open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. (The Post and Courier)
VirtualEvent ○ This weekend (June 6-7), Brookgreen Gardens will host a virtual art festival in support of local artists. Taking place of the annual in-person festival, the 2020 Art Festival will be held online and visitors can browse several artists’ works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry + more. More information here. To donate to Brookgreen’s annual fund, click here.
Health ○ In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, MUSC Health’s Transplant Team is still hard at work. Patient John McDonald received a lung transplant in April – read about his recovery + the special reunion with his familyhere. Ⓟ
Deal ○ During the month of June, the Gibbes Museum of Art is offering membership discounts for new + renewing members. To receive 5% off membership, use the code JUNE2020 at checkout.
State ○ SC Department of Revenueannounced that there will be a two cent increase on fuel in SC beginning on July 1. The money generated by the gas fee is used to support road, bridge + infrastructure improvements. (The State)
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