It started with Army chef. Then violin teacher. Later my destiny was chasing tornadoes, after I’d become absolutely obsessed with the American classic Twister. I never made it to the army, I never touched a violin, and I never climbed into a truck with Bill Paxton to chase after a Category 5 tornado in the … [Read more…]
I grew up in an HBCU household. Three generations of my family are alumni of South Carolina State University: both sets of grandparents, my parents, and my eldest sister. At the first college football game I attended as a spectator, I was there to watch the Marching 101 of SCSU “do their thang” at halftime. … [Read more…]
This series aims to highlight Southern women who are forging their own paths and making change in their community. We ask them a bit about this and that to gain a glimpse into the lives of women all around us who are shaping the fabric of our future. This time around, Jessica Dowd Crouch, archivist … [Read more…]
Many of the sessions so moved me that tears of joy and satisfaction well-up into my eyes; at times breath became only short-winded gasps. It was great, great, great!” – Rose Mae Withers Catchings to Louis E. Burnham, November 1946, describing the recent All-Southern Youth Conference held by the Southern Negro Youth Congress in Columbia, … [Read more…]
Kathleen Robbins is a photographer and associate professor of art at the University of South Carolina. She grew up in the rural Mississippi Delta and returned, after a period away, to live in the Victorian farmhouse built by her great-great grandparents. Into the Flatland is a collection of images inspired by her exploration of the … [Read more…]
As the University of South Carolina geared up to start their first day of school in the fall semester, I decided to look into Yik Yak, known as an online space where college students share their thoughts without reservation. Where better to look for truth than an anonymous message board system frequented by the young?