By forging new black educators, Clemson education initiative way ahead of recent study

Researchers at the Institute of Labor Economics found that having a black teacher at the elementary level makes it more likely for a poor black student to pursue college. The problem is, South Carolina doesn’t have enough black teachers to go around. Enter Roy Jones and Clemson’s Call Me MISTER program.

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Black teachers have lasting impact on South Carolina students, economy

South Carolina schools need more teachers of color to influence students of color to go on to graduate high school and even go to college. The lack of diversity currently contributes to lesser achievement from students. As the problem grows, our job force shrinks and the gap in economic mobility increases.

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Dreams of restoring Historic Waverly still struggle to become reality

Aspirations have always been part Columbia’s Historic Waverly, a center of South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Two men, James Baker and Frank Houston, now say it’s time to again turn dreams to reality and restore Waverly, but it remains a struggle.

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USC blues professor teaches students more than just music

Walter Liniger is an unlikely blues professor. He isn’t African-American and he isn’t from the U.S. He’s Swiss, and his passion brought him here to study under blues legends. In his USC classes, you won’t find a textbook or PowerPoint. Instead, students learn about themselves through playing music.

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Double amputee shares faith, encouragement through karate

Taekwondo black belt Ulysses Cornelius’ chances of recovery were slim after a two-year battle with infection left him without both legs. But the faith-driven 59-year-old defied the odds by returning to his karate class, where he teaches out of his wheelchair and ministers to local youths.

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Hyatt Park’s Geter marvels at park’s turnaround

Hyatt Park is still a work in progress, but Robert Geter says it’s in a much better state now than it was when he arrived as recreation leader in August 2011. After working with police to weed out negative influences, Geter happily looks back at the turnaround in the North Columbia park.

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Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

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Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

By Caitlyn McGuire July 22, 2013 At first sight, Columbia looks like a city composed of a large football stadium, some office towers and numerous fast-food chains. Except for a few exceptions, like the Vista, over the past few decades redevelopment has largely meant out with the old and in with the new. This was… Read More Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

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Wheeler Hill couple remembers thriving African-American neighborhood

By Caitlyn McGuire July 9, 2013 From the front porch of their Pickens Street house, Frances and Matthew Addison can look out at what seems to be an almost ideal city neighborhood tucked away just beside USC’s campus. Along Wheeler Hill’s winding roads are tall brick houses, neighbors washing their cars and walking their dogs,… Read More Wheeler Hill couple remembers thriving African-American neighborhood

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