Panel Discussion - "The Seat of Justice" (Audio)

"Julian Wiles's acclaimed play chronicles this courageous journey of the historic Briggs v. Elliott desegregation case from rural Clarendon County, South Carolina to the halls of the United States Supreme Court."

Following "The Seat of Justice", historians and professors exchange their thoughts about the play and its significance to present day race relations and education in South Carolina and throughout the U.S. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Bernard Powers of the College of Charleston (left). Panel includes Dr. Marcus Cox from the Citadel, Reverend Joseph A. Darby, Dr. Jon Hale of the College of Charleston.

Equalization Schools in South Carolina 1951-1959 by Rebekah Dobrasko February 2008

I. Historical Overview of Equalization Program

In 1951, South Carolina passed its first general sales tax in order to fund a statewide program of school construction. Newly-elected governor James Byrnes developed a school construction and improvement package in response to Briggs v. Elliott, a lawsuit based in Clarendon County challenging the state’s constitutional “separate but equal” education provision. This “equalization” program was intended to construct new African American elementary and high schools across South Carolina to circumvent a potential desegregation ruling by the Supreme Court. The multi-million dollar school building campaign utilized modern school design, materials, and architecture to build new rural, urban, black, and white schools in communities throughout the state.1

The schools constructed as part of South Carolina’s school equalization program represent the intersection of modern, national architectural trends and the postwar baby boom with South Carolina’s fight to maintain racially-segregated public schools. The state’s modern schools were funded by a three-cent sales tax designed to equalize black and white public schools. Nationally-recognized educational consultants worked with local and county school architects to design these new “equalization” schools based on postwar thinking about educational processes and architecture. The new design trends were applied to both black and white schools, resulting in materially equal school plants.

Rebekah Dobrasko

Rebekah Dobrasko spent 10 years researching and surveying equalization schools in South Carolina.  Although I am now in Texas, I am committed to maintaining this website and my interest in equalization schools.  This research began as part of my Public History masters' program at the University of South Carolina.  Researching these schools led to a comprehensive survey of Charleston County's equalization schools, a thesis, and ultimately a Multiple Property Submission on the schools for the National Register of Historic Places.  My time in South Carolina led to great opportunities for me to increase awareness of these schools and their history on a statewide scale.  Now, these schools are being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, recognized with historical markers, and visited by history tours.

BBC Podcast - The Forum - "Re-Awakening Language"

Summary: "Many of us are fluent in at least one language and some people are proficient in two, three, four or even more. But not all languages around the world are in good health. In fact it is thought that at least half of the languages that are alive today could cease to be spoken by the end of this century. What can we do about it? How do you re-awaken hibernating or dying languages and the cultures that go with them? Or, is some extinction inevitable? Bridget Kendall discusses the positive things that are happening with some minority languages, focusing on Australia, Nepal and Hawaii with linguists Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann and Dr. Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla and anthropologist Dr. Mark Turin."

As you listen to this Podcast think of Gullah. 

"Along the southeastern coast of the United States there is a narrow strip of land which is known to linguists and dialect geographers as the Gullah Area. This region, which includes the sea islands along the coast, extends roughly from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, and inland for about one hundred miles. Living in this area are African-American people who are descendants of the tribesmen brought to the New World during the time of the Slave Trade. These people still speak variations of the original creole language known as Gullah." - Charleston County Public Library - The Gullah Creole Language by Virginia Mixson Geraty



Whew! This is deep yall! This had my son with tears in his eyes!See why..

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Rosetta Tharpe 1915 - 1973

Did you know it was a Black woman who created "rock-n-roll"? Yes. A Sista...and her name was Rosetta Tharpe. She came before lil Richard, Muddy Waters, Elvis and the rest... In fact, they all credit her as their influence (except for Elvis).

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