The Center for African American History, Art & Culture

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture The Center for African American History, Art & Culture was birthed out of The Immanuel Institute built in 1889 by Rev. W. R. Coles as a school. We strive to be an educational resource and a tourism stop on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
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The Center will be an educational resource focused on a largely unknown part of our local history and culture. It will also be a major opportunity for tourism as a stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor, a vehicle to showcase and enhance the Aiken African American population's involvement in the arts and lastly a forum for celebrating both Aiken's diversity and its sense of community.

We are excited to display all of the posters submitted to the Community Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pos...
01/20/2020
Students to be recognized for artistic, writing talents at MLK Community Celebration

We are excited to display all of the posters submitted to the Community Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration poster contest at CAAHAC during the month of February!

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Steering Committee announced the winners of the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Essay and Creative Visual Posters contests.

Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration
01/09/2020
Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration

Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration

Dr. Bobby Donaldson, a Civil Rights historian who has contributed to several projects and documentaries on the era, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King

Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration
01/08/2020
Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration

Civil Rights historian to speak at MLK Community Celebration

Dr. Bobby Donaldson, a Civil Rights historian who has contributed to several projects and documentaries on the era, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King

The Future lies in FLEXIBLE WORK PATTERNS.
12/24/2019
The Future lies in FLEXIBLE WORK PATTERNS.

The Future lies in FLEXIBLE WORK PATTERNS.

I allow my employees flexibility in lunch time, breaks, sick days, family leave, further education, etc. I don't believe in micromanaging.

12/14/2019
Miss Universe joins Miss USA and Miss America for a girls' night

Miss Universe joins Miss USA and Miss America for a girls' night

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, 26, was crowned Miss Universe 2019. She joined Miss America Nia Franklin and Miss USA Cheslie Kryst in New York City for a girls' night while on a press tour.

Don’t miss out on an educational experience and community workshop with us and The Princely Players this Thursday at 3:3...
12/10/2019

Don’t miss out on an educational experience and community workshop with us and The Princely Players this Thursday at 3:30pm.

Did you know that The Princely Players have collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo the Nashville Symphony, the Nashvi...
12/09/2019

Did you know that The Princely Players have collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Ballet? Learn more about their purpose and accomplishments when you come to An Educational Outreach on Thursday at 3:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday at 3:30pm for the FREE workshop with the Princely Players!
12/08/2019
Princely Players chronicle African American history through music

We look forward to seeing you Thursday at 3:30pm for the FREE workshop with the Princely Players!

The Princely Players will chronicle the centuries-old struggle for freedom by Africans in America on Dec. 12 during the third concert in USC Aiken's 2019-2020 Etherredge Center Cultural Series.

Emma J. Atkinson: One of the Mysterious "Big Four" Abolitionists
11/20/2019
Emma J. Atkinson: One of the Mysterious "Big Four" Abolitionists

Emma J. Atkinson: One of the Mysterious "Big Four" Abolitionists

Emma J. Atkinson was a Black abolitionist who was one of the mysterious "Big Four," a group of women at Quinn Chapel who provided aid to runaway slaves. Atkinson arrived in Chicago around 1847 with

Aiken County Branch NAACP
11/07/2019

Aiken County Branch NAACP

Tonight! The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation invites you to participate in a conversation about race. This panel discussion will begin at 6:00 pm at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center.

The importance of preserving the Gullah language - CNN Video
11/04/2019
The importance of preserving the Gullah language - CNN Video

The importance of preserving the Gullah language - CNN Video

The Penn Center is hoping to help preserve Gullah culture by working to get it taught in schools. Watch "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Mr. Richard Johnson is a fountain of knowledge. We appreciate all he's done to fight for equality and share the history ...
11/03/2019
Richard Johnson: Community volunteer devotes his life to service

Mr. Richard Johnson is a fountain of knowledge. We appreciate all he's done to fight for equality and share the history of that struggle. We applaud you sir.

https://www.aikenstandard.com/sundays_best/richard-johnson-community-volunteer-devotes-his-life-to-service/article_0976c7f2-fa8a-11e9-981c-039a12068041.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

In February 2017, Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon delivered his first State of the City address, and he also introduced a new honor that he created, which is called the Aiken

We had a great time this afternoon handing out goodies to the young people!! Many thanks to the Aiken County Branch NAAC...
10/31/2019

We had a great time this afternoon handing out goodies to the young people!! Many thanks to the Aiken County Branch NAACP for coming by and providing voter education. Thank you to Johnson, Johnson, Whittle & Lancer, P.A. for the donation of candy, pencils and pens. Thank you to the City of Aiken Dept of Tourism for the chapstick and horses. Thank you to Dr. Julie S. Ziegler, DMD for the donation of toothpaste and toothbrushes. Thank you to the Aiken County NAACP Youth Council for volunteering to hand out candy. Thank you to the amazing Aiken community for your continued support! #aikencaahac #aikensc #visitaikensc #downtownaiken #africanamericanmuseum

Join us Thursday for a fun Halloween afternoon of trick-or-treating. We are looking forward to giving out candy and seei...
10/29/2019

Join us Thursday for a fun Halloween afternoon of trick-or-treating. We are looking forward to giving out candy and seeing children in their costumes. There will also be an opportunity for voter registration and education for adults.

Trick-or-treat with us next week on our front porch on Halloween. Children will receive candy and treats. Join us at the...
10/22/2019

Trick-or-treat with us next week on our front porch on Halloween. Children will receive candy and treats. Join us at the Center at 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st. If you would like to donate candy, call 803-226-0269 or email [email protected].

The Junkanoo Festival originates from West Africa and the Caribbean. It is celebrated during the Christmas and New Year season. This African festival has been compared to Halloween because of the fancy outfits, costumes, and masks people wear during the celebration. People refer to it as the Fancy Dress Festival. The Junkanoo Festival is named after John Canoe, the West African Akan warrior from Axim, Ghana. Canoe was a chief of the Ahanta people during the early 18th century.

Learn more at https://www.trubahamianfoodtours.com/bahamas-special-events-and-festivals/junkanoo/https://www.trubahamianfoodtours.com/bahamas-special-events-and-festivals/junkanoo/

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation invites you...
10/18/2019

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation invites you to come together and have a conversation about race. This panel discussion will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center.

We are looking forward to trick-or-treating with your children here at the Center on Halloween. We will be filling their...
10/15/2019

We are looking forward to trick-or-treating with your children here at the Center on Halloween. We will be filling their bags with candy and treats. Come join us on our front porch at 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st. If you would like to donate candy, call 803-226-0269 or email [email protected].

With Halloween being a few weeks away, we wanted to highlight some similar African festivals and celebrations. The Egungun Festival is an annual celebration amongst the Yoruba groups in the South Western parts of Nigeria. The festival begins in November and ends in April. The Egungun Festival is a dedication to the worship of ancestors. The Yoruba word, ‘Egungun’ refers to the masqueraders that dance to the drums in the street during the festival.

Learn more about this festival at https://www.omenkaonline.com/egungun-festival-yoruba-people/

Rev. Jesse Jackson was born on October 8, 1941 in Greenville, S.C. While Jackson was in college, he became involved in t...
10/08/2019

Rev. Jesse Jackson was born on October 8, 1941 in Greenville, S.C. While Jackson was in college, he became involved in the civil rights movement. He went to Selma, Alabama to march with Martin Luther King, Jr. He became a leading spokesperson for African Americans in the 1980s. He also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2000. Happy birthday to Rev. Jesse Jackson.

On this day in 1873, Henry E. Hayne, the black Republican Secretary of State of South Carolina, registered as a student ...
10/07/2019

On this day in 1873, Henry E. Hayne, the black Republican Secretary of State of South Carolina, registered as a student in the medical department of the University and was the first official matriculation of an African American student at the University of South Carolina.

Learn more about Henry E. Hayne at http://www.scencyclopedia.org/sce/entries/hayne-henry-e/

Black Then
10/04/2019
Black Then

Black Then

Robert Brown Elliott: Prominent African-American Politician in South Carolina

Jessye Norman was a world-renowned opera singer from Augusta, Georgia. She is a Grammy-award winner and was also honored...
10/02/2019

Jessye Norman was a world-renowned opera singer from Augusta, Georgia. She is a Grammy-award winner and was also honored with the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Norman attended Howard University, graduating in 1967 with a degree in music. She later went to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore to begin her graduate studies. Her career began in 1967 when she went to Europe and won the International Music Competition in Munich. She won a three-year contract with the Deustsche Opera Berlin.

Let's remember the legendary Jessye Norman. Learn more about her life and accomplishments by clicking on the link below.
https://www.famousafricanamericans.org/jessye-norman

Today is Mamie "Peanut" Johnson's birthday. She was born in Ridgeway, SC. Mamie was the only female pitcher to play in t...
09/27/2019

Today is Mamie "Peanut" Johnson's birthday. She was born in Ridgeway, SC. Mamie was the only female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues. Johnson is described as being small but tough. She earned her nickname, Peanut because of her small size. Mamie tried out for an all-white boys' baseball team. She became the only girl and only African American on this team.

"Johnson hit between .252 and .284 in each season she played. When she wasn’t pitching, she would play second base. Her batting average ranged from .262 to .284. Johnson won thirty-three games and lost only eight games during her career where she earned about $400 to $700 a month. Satchel Paige helped Johnson perfect her curve ball before their opposing teams went on to play each other. That episode is depicted in a scene from the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. Johnson is the subject of the 2002 book, A Strong Right Arm."

Read more about Mamie Johnson and find out how she became the only female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues at https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/johnson-mamie-lee-1935/

#mamiejohnson #caahac #blackexcellence #africanamericanhistory #blackhistory #baseball #southcarolinahistory #centerforafricanamericanhistoryartandculture

Aiken Together receives $250,000 contribution
09/26/2019
Aiken Together receives $250,000 contribution

Aiken Together receives $250,000 contribution

Aiken Together is celebrating its largest single contribution – a $250,000 commitment from the State of South Carolina – to benefit the ongoing education and economic vitality efforts in the

Atlanta’s First Black Millionaire Started Out as a Barber
09/25/2019
Atlanta’s First Black Millionaire Started Out as a Barber

Atlanta’s First Black Millionaire Started Out as a Barber

Alonzo Herndon is best known as the first African-American entrepreneur from Atlanta to become a millionaire. He was born in 1858 into slavery to a Black mother and white father who was likely his mother's slavemaster. He went on to be a sharecropper, and in 1878, he trained to become a barber. This...

On September 22, 1979, Matthew Perry became the first African American judge in South Carolina. Perry is known for repre...
09/23/2019

On September 22, 1979, Matthew Perry became the first African American judge in South Carolina. Perry is known for representing Harvey Gantt in his admission as the first black student at Clemson University in 1963. He also represented James Solomon and Henri Monteith as the first African American students at the University of South Carolina in Columbia SC.

He was born in Columbia SC in 1921. Perry graduated from South Carolina State College in 1948 and then went on to graduate from South Carolina State Law School in the school's first graduating class in 1951. After graduating from law school, he opened up a law office in Spartanburg before opening one in Columbia years later.

Read more about Matthew Perry at https://blackthen.com/matthew-perry-first-african-american-united-states-district-judge-south-carolina/

#blackhistory #caahac #blackexcellence #southcarolinahistory #africanamericanhistory

The first black disk jockey in Upstate South Carolina, Willis H. Crosby was born today in 1917. His radio career began i...
09/18/2019

The first black disk jockey in Upstate South Carolina, Willis H. Crosby was born today in 1917. His radio career began in 1947 at WAIM studios. Crosby brought many popular gospel and rhythm and blues artists to Anderson, SC like the Williams Brothers, the Swannee Quintet, the Five Blind Boys, Sam Cooke and the Soul Steerers, Percy Sledge, Dee Clark and Joe Simon. Crosby used the proceeds from the concerts to sponsor scholarships for deserving students who could not afford college.
To learn more about this legend in black radio and how he gave back to his community, click the link https://scafricanamerican.com/honorees/willis-h-crosby/

Photos from The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's post
09/17/2019

Photos from The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's post

Celebration of African American Excellence (2019)
09/17/2019

Celebration of African American Excellence (2019)

Victoria Smalls is our keynote speaker for this year's Celebration of African American Excellence. Smalls is a public hi...
09/12/2019

Victoria Smalls is our keynote speaker for this year's Celebration of African American Excellence. Smalls is a public historian and educator, arts advocate, and cultural preservationist. Did you know that she served as the Program Manager to help build the $85 million International African American Museum in Charleston, SC? The museum is due to open in 2021.

Celebrate with us at the Celebration of African American Excellence on Saturday, September 14. Tickets are $25. Call
803-226-0269 or email [email protected] for more information.

#blackexcellence #africanamericanexcellence #celebrationofafricanamericanexcellence #centerforafricanamericanhistoryartandculture #caahac #aikenschistory #blackhistory

Eugene White, Jr. is another one of our honorees at this year's Celebration of African American Excellence. He is the cu...
09/11/2019

Eugene White, Jr. is another one of our honorees at this year's Celebration of African American Excellence. He is the current president of the Aiken County Branch of the NAACP. Did you know that Mr. White is multilingual?

Join us at our event, the Celebration of African American Excellence on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $25. Call 803-226-0269 or email [email protected] for more information.

#aikenschistory #africanamericanhistory #blackexcellence #caahac #centerforafricanamericanhistoryartandculture #celebrationofafricanamericanexcellence

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The Center will be an educational resource focused on a largely unknown part of our local history and culture. It will also be a major opportunity for tourism as a stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor, ongoing programming : lecture series, art shows, themed exhibits, concert series, and film festivals and lastly a forum for celebrating both Aiken's diversity and its sense of community.

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