Carrie Meek is a woman of many firsts. Born in 1926, the grand-daughter of sharecroppers, Meek grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Florida A & M University before heading to Michigan for her master’s degree, something not available to African Americans at Florida colleges at the time. She returned to Florida and taught at … [Read more…]
One of NOW’s founders and South Carolina’s own, Mary Esther Gaulden (later Jagger), was born today in 1921 in Rock Hill. She studied music and biology at Winthrop University and received her PhD in biology at the University of Virginia, before putting her roots down in Dallas, as Professor of Radiology at the University of … [Read more…]
I spend a lot of time looking at old photographs from state archives, and I frequently post some of the more relevant ones that I find. Sometimes, like today, I just like the picture. This was taken in May 1946 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and labeled “Peggy’s party at the club.” So, here’s Peggy (I’m … [Read more…]
In many countries around the globe, 1 May is International Workers’ Day—a celebration of the working class and labor. Though Labor Day in September is the equivalent in the United States, IWD commemorates events that took place in nineteenth century Chicago in which Lucy Parsons, an anarchist labor organizer and a native Texan, figured prominently.
On May 3, 1952, Kitty Wells recorded “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in Nashville. It was her first session for Decca, and the song reached number one on the country charts.
Reading story after story regarding the death of Freddie Gray and the events surrounding his death in Baltimore, I am at a loss. My heart is compelled to action, but I struggle to find tangible ways that I can act. So, what can I, a middle class white stay-at-home-mom in South Carolina, really do to … [Read more…]