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Poetry and Storytelling- Damon Fordham

Date: Monday, October 1
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau
Admission: FREE, Please reserve your seat by clicking here.
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD/Tribal Raine

Damon Lamar Fordham was born in Spartanburg, SC. He received his master’s degree in history from the College of Charleston and the Citadel, and his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He currently teaches United States and African-American History at Virginia College and Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC and has taught US History and African-American Studies at the College of Charleston. He was a weekly columnist for the Charleston Coastal Times from 1994 to 1998, as well as the author of Mr. Potts and Me, 2012, Voices of Black South Carolina-Legend and Legacy, 2009, True Stories of Black South Carolina, 2008, and coauthor of Born to Serve-The Story of the WBEMC in South Carolina in 2006. He conducted research for Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition by Joyce Coakley in 2006.  He has also appeared in the Turner South Network Commercial My South Speaks, 2006, and the History Channel Documentary The American Revolution, 2005. He has served as a commentator for the British Broadcasting Company’s documentary The Real Amos and Andy and the South Carolina Educational Television Documentaries All the Children of All the People, Where Do We Go from Here, and Africans in America-A South Carolina Perspective.

Literary Corner with Tayari Jones

Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Reserved Seats are now SOLD OUT. Standing Room will be available based on capacity at the door.

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and New York Times bestseller An American Marriage. Published in February, An American Marriage is a 2018 selection for Oprah’s Book Club and was also chosen by President Barack Obama for his Summer Reading List. Her novel, Silver Sparrow, was designated as an NEA Big Read title in 2016. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. She holds degrees from Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. Tayari is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory, and previously taught at Rutgers-Newark University, she recently served as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She previously visited Charleston for the 2016 MOJA Arts Festival, but her scheduled appearance fell on the date that an evacuation order was announced in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. MOJA is delighted to be able to have her return this year.

Poetry and Storytelling-Horace Mungin

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free, please reserve your seat by clicking here.
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD/Tribal Raine

Horace Mungin was born in Hollywood, South Carolina in 1941 and his family moved to New York City in 1946. In 1989 Mungin moved to Ridgeville, SC. Mungin started writing poetry in the mid-sixties during the genesis of the Black Arts Movement. During this period, he published two anti-drug volumes of poetry, “Dope Hustler’s Jazz, 1968” and “Now See Here, Homes, 1969.” Some of his early writings appeared in The New York Times, literary magazines, and poetry anthologies. In the early seventies, Mungin helped found Black Forum Magazine, a widely acclaimed national publication for writers and was its first editor. In the late seventies, Mungin wrote a column for a Charleston, SC weekly newspaper that employed satire to explore a variety of political and social issues. The column was later syndicated to ten other weekly newspapers and had a six year run (’78 – ‘84). In 1991 a collection of those columns was published under the title Sleepy Willie Talks about Life. Recent published books include A Different Point of View, 2013, Truth & and Absurdities, 2014, and …Or Does It Explode, 2016.

All Hands Productions Presents “The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit”

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Join Brer Rabbit and his friends for stories, music, and humor in this production by puppeteer, David Stephens.

Swahili Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: West Ashley Public Library
Address: 45 Windermere Blvd
Admission: Free

The workshop is designed for children and adults to feel comfortable while:

- Learning why Swahili is so important to the Low Country.
- Discovering Swahili words they use daily while speaking English.
- Speaking to each other in Swahili.
- Creating art for Swahili phrases.

Swahili is presented as writers of Swahili grammar present it-one of the twelve great languages of the world.

Poetry and Storytelling-Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation

Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: FREE, please reserve your seat here.
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD/Tribal Raine

Carlos Johnson, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, currently resides in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  Johnson has founded organizations such as The Poetry Show and the Speak Freely Foundation (SFF).   SFF, a non-profit organization, supports local youth in the arts.  Its mission is to support, educate, and enlighten youth through the arts to better their lives as well as society. The SFF, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston, offers The S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry Program and the North Charleston Boxing Club at the Armory Park Center. Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation program will present with Johnson.

Aunt Pearlie Sue

Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 9:30am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun
Admission: Free

Join master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue, for interactive tales of the Gullah culture brought to life with music and dance.

Wona Womalan West African Drumming and Dance

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 9:30am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun
Admission: Free

Wona Womalan brings an appreciation of West Africa’s vibrant and beautiful musical art to audiences of all ages. The ensemble dives into a breathtaking explosion of high energy and visually spectacular drumming, singing and dance.

4th Graders Readout

Date: Friday, October 5
Venue: Participating CCSD Schools

A MOJA Tradition, this outreach program invites 4th grade students from pre-selected Charleston County Schools to participate in a special in-school reading program in which students receive a free copy of the featured book.  This year’s selection is “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison.