Leslie Leonard

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic

By Leslie Leonard

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic“This pandemic has made known cracks and faults in the state of South Carolina, relating to education and health disparities,” says Michael Allen, a board member on the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. “Things that were once hidden are in plain view.” Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic is an effort to record the experiences of African Americans in South Carolina as related to the Coronavirus pandemic. It's the brainchild of Michael Allen. “The voices and the experiences of African Americans have shaped in the development and in the growth of South Carolina, so it’s...

Guidance counselor creates music video to reach students

By Leslie Leonard

Walter the WhaleIn a time of uncertainty, one South Carolina guidance counselor is reaching out to help her community. Jordan Culbreth works at Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek. She, along with her husband, created a music video to reach her students. It’s a video with a very specific message. “We are all in this together and even though at times we may be frustrated or anxious or feel alone, that it really is going to be okay,” says Culbreth. The story is of Walter the Whale and a jellyfish named Flo. Culbreth says she wants everyone to know, “that sometimes we just have to go with the flow even...

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