Dear Buglers!

Welcome to the new digital South Carolina Black History Bugle! This online magazine was designed just for you! Within this site, you will find a wealth of information about South Carolina Black History, which is American history. In other words, Black History is everyone’s history! My team and I have put together a site that uses primary sources to make learning Social Studies interactive and fun! While your teachers will cover some of this material in the classroom, you can browse the site and complete many of the activities on your own or with family and friends. A new feature is the South Carolina Black History Bugle Blog which allows you respond to what you have learned, what you like most about the online magazine, and what other topics you would like to see covered in the Bugle.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved South Carolina Black History Bugle!

Until next time, keep reading, writing, and dreaming!

Dr. Lessane

Note to Educators:

The South Carolina Black History Bugle is a publication of the South Carolina Department of Education developed by the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture using the 2011 Social Studies Standards and Indicators. Each page will highlight the standards that align with the topic.

Meet the Development Team:


Editor-in-Chief—Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane

Copy Editor—Deborah Wright

Humanities Scholar—Daron Lee Calhoun II

Layout Editor—Savannah J. Frierson

Education Consultant—Dr. Karen Chandler

Education Consultant—Polly Rainey

Student Consultants—David Rothmund

Student Consultants—Ebony Venson

Student Consultants—La'Nasa Clarkson

Web Design—Rachel Cook

Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston as the Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Deborah Wright is the associate editor and layout/design editor for The South Carolina Black History Bugle publications. She is also the editor and layout/design artist of the Avery Institute’s and Avery Research Center’s semiannual newsletter, The Avery Messenger. Wright recently retired from the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, has served as reference archivist, photo archivist, director of special projects, and associate director at various points during her tenure.
Daron Lee Calhoun II is a historian on the History of African American Higher Education. In various roles at the College of Charleston, he has assisted with educational outreach and event planning and serves as a producer and head researcher on a feature-length documentary film project with director Julie DashHe received his BA in African American Studies from Morehouse College and attended the College of Charleston in the graduate History program. He is a community activist and involved in a variety of social justice organizations. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Facilities, Outreach and Public Programming at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Race and Social Justice Initiative.
Savannah Frierson is an author, editor, speaker, and workshop facilitator with areas of interest including African American Studies, publishing, and the importance of inclusive representation in media. In addition to The South Carolina Black History Bugle, Frierson’s key projects include editing the Avery Institute’s and Avery Research Center’s semiannual newsletter The Avery Messenger; the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative’s The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000–2015; and The Long Road to Hard Truths: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum by Robert L. Wilkins. Frierson has also facilitated children’s writing workshops for Charleston, South Carolina’s MOJA Arts Festival, and she is a committee member for Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival as well. She graduated from Harvard College in 2005 with concentrations in African and African American Studies and English. She is currently the office manager at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
Dr. Karen Chandler is Director and Associate Professor of Arts Management, School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and the former director of the College’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Chandler is also the co-founder/principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) based at the College of Charleston. CJI documents the rich tradition of musicians who helped shape American jazz history. Dr. Chandler received her Ph.D. in Studies in Arts and Humanities from New York University, M.A. in music education from Columbia University–Teachers College in New York City, and music education from Hampton University.
Ms. Polly Rainey is an innovative elementary school teacher who specializes in hands-on, high impact learning experiences for lower school and intermediate level students. Her innovative teaching style couples Learning Standards and Indicators with a teaching pedagogy that encourages critical thinking using history, science, current events, classic narratives, and contemporary young adult literature.
David Rothmund is from Lombard Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Elmhurst College under the guidance of Dr. Lindsey Patterson and Dr. Rob Butler. David recently received his master’s degree at the College of Charleston. His thesis examines the Southern Negro Youth Congress (SNYC), and the leaders of the growing African American left during the New Deal/World War II era. David will be pursuing his doctorate this fall at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ebony T. Venson is a Senior Political Science Major with a double minor in Crime, Law and Society and Urban Studies at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She is involved in several organizations on campus. She currently serves as the President of the Iota Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and hold other leadership positions in the Black Student Union, College Democrats, and The Political Science Club. Her interests include; housing and urban development, criminal justice, healthcare and social justice.
LaNasa Clarkson a junior at the College of Charleston double majoring in Political Science and African American Studies, with a concentration in Politics, Philosophy, and Law. At the College of Charleston, she serves as the President of Black Student Union and also serves as a Student Ambassador and a Peer Facilitator. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans on going to law school to practice civil rights law.