"When it comes right down to it, the people who define today’s Charleston and who are guiding us into the future, well, they’re from off. Yes, there are a few native sons and daughters who still help the Holy City, but their numbers are small."
I’m not a big fan of Chris Haire (neither his writing nor his views) in general, but this article is 100% on point. I’ve always thought the exclusivism of natives a bit illogical (after all, the original people who over time established Charleston’s culture in particular, and Southern culture in general, were either com-yahs or the children of them), but this just proves it. Being a native is definitely something to be proud of, but not to the exclusion of those who aren’t.
Queen Quet is the chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee Nation. The Post & Courier did this interesting Q&A with her in September of 2009.
This campaign is to help fund & support residents & descendants in the Hog Hammock Community of Sapelo Island who are facing property tax increases of over 600%.
This is not strictly Charleston-related, but those who care and are interested in Charleston’s own Gullah people and culture will care about that of Sapelo Island as well. This is a worthy cause, a chance to do real good in fighting an economic injustice while helping save a vanishing culture. I know times are hard and there’s not much extra to give, but consider giving a few bucks at least. And if you are well off or know those who are, then maybe this would be a good idea for, shall we say, a moral investment.
I don’t know about y’all, but I think this sort of thing is simply ridiculous.
The Pour House has made a Spotify playlist featuring all the artists from their upcoming shows. Awesome idea.
In 2018. Charleston will open an International African American Museum, highlighting the role of Charleston. It will be built on a historic wharf near the Aquarium, on a site where 882 slave ships docked in the 18th-19th centuries. I’m really excited about this. For more information, look here and here.
The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau keeps this updated list of recent press coverage of the city.
This is a great opportunity, y’all. I’m thinking of going this weekend or the next, possibly.