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Poetry and Storytelling: Regina Duggins

Date: Monday, September 30, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Regina Duggins was born in Brooklyn, New York.  She relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2010 as part of a pact to reconnect to her family’s roots.  Poet, author, and Charleston Black Pride founder, being a voice for the voiceless has been a lifelong mission for Duggins. She began her love of writing poetry in the 7th grade when her English teacher introduced her to poetry writing.  She is a reading interventionist for the Charleston County School District and has also worked with inner-city youth in the Charleston area as an after-school assistant coordinator.

She received her doctorate at Grand Canyon University in organizational leadership with an emphasis on K-12.  She is also the founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, a parent advocate for Charleston Rise, and a self-published author of two poetry books.  Her first book of poetry, Black Magic, was written in 2017.  Duggins’ second book of poetry, Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Cream, addresses violence as well as women empowerment, living in marginalized communities, the need for inclusion and diversity, police brutality in Black communities, feminist issues, and the importance of voting.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film Screening

w/ an Introduction and Poetry by Asiah Mae and Marcus Amaker.

Date: Tuesday, October 1 Doors 6:30 pm, Show  7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $8
Purchase Tickets Here

After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

View the Trailer Here

Swahili Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: West Ashley Library
Address: 45 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley
Admission: Free

The workshop is designed for children and adults alike, and will allow participants to feel comfortable while learning why Swahili is so important to the Lowcountry, discovering Swahili words they use daily while speaking English, speaking to each other in Swahili, and 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: Damon Fordham

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Damon L. Fordham, a Spartanburg native who was raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is an author and adjunct professor of history at The Citadel and Charleston Southern University. He has researched and written extensively on the lesser-known stories of Charleston’s Black history. He has written three books on the subject, has contributed occasional articles on such stories to The Charleston Chronicle since 1998, and has conducted local tours and lectures. Fordham 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.  Fordham will tell stories of African folklore and history along with similar tales of Charleston during the MOJA Arts Festival.

Poetry and Storytelling: Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation

Date: Thursday, October 3, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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 S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry and Science of Boxing workshops.

Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation programs will present with Johnson.

Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Reservations are no longer being accepted. The event has reached maximum capacity*

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.