The coming of the International African American Museum | Charleston’s Choice 2020

“People are known by the records they keep,” observed Pulitzer prize-winning writer and human rights activist Alice Walker. “If it isn’t in the record,” she continues, “it will be said that it did not happen. That’s what history is…a keeping of records.”

Walker’s dictum on the power of history and the utility of record-keeping and documentation has long inspired my philosophy as an educator, public historian and museum practitioner. For me, “keeping” African American history and culture, in particular, is not merely a vocation, it is a calling. The gravitational pull to document our stories for the next generation; to rescue our records and unvarnished truths from the atrophy of memory; and to “keep” our history for perpetuity is what drew me to the International African American Museum and ultimately to Charleston.

Before moving here two years ago, Charleston had long stood in my imagination as a charming city with

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African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020

Nearly 40 Percent of African American State & Local Workers Expect to Take on More Debt

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A national poll of state and local employees finds that  African American workers are more concerned than their colleagues about the potential health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Thirty-nine percent of African American state and local employees are worried about contracting the coronavirus at work as compared to 22 percent of all other survey respondents. Twenty-one percent of African American workers are concerned about a reduction in pay, which is nearly twice the level of other state and local employees (11 percent).

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(PRNewsfoto/Center for State and Local Gove)

As the pandemic lingers, 39 percent of African American state and local employees expect to take

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