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'Inspired To Use Her Voice For Women's Rights,' Eulalie Salley Followed Her Mind, Broke Barriers

By Thelisha Eaddy

Pickens-Salley HouseEulalie was born in Georgia on December 11, 1883. She grew up on a plantation near Augusta, was privately educated and attended both, Virginia's Mary Baldwin College and Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. In 1906, she married attorney Julian Salley (later mayor of Aiken) and together they had two children. But it was the court case of another woman's fight to regain custody of her own children that prompted Salley to join the fight for suffrage. In this episode of Sisterhood: SC Suffragists, we learn Eulalie Chafee Salley joined the South Carolina Equal Suffrage League, by sending a dollar...

The Fall of Reconstruction, Rise of Jim Crow Created Missed Opportunities for Women's Suffrage

By Thelisha Eaddy

US Postal Service 19th Amendment: Women Vote stamp. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration.The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight that most historians place starting with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention . But there are some who place the nearly 100-year struggle starting, in earnest, decades before the civil war with the proliferation of reform groups like temperance leagues, religious movements and antislavery organizations. But regardless of when the movement actually begins, periods of time between Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement offer moments of missed opportunities for the movement and the nation. In this episode of Sisterhood: South...

At This Intersection in Downtown Columbia, The Rollin Sisters Fought For the Vote

By Thelisha Eaddy

Views from Sumter and Senate streets in Downtown ColumbiaTo celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, South Carolina Public Radio and South Carolina ETV are broadcasting the series Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists. The series looks at how local women played roles in a national movement that eventually guaranteed more than 26 million women the right to vote. The East side of the Statehouse House grounds, an historic church and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission sit at the corner of Sumter and Senate streets in downtown Columbia. These sites and buildings can represent a...

Sisterhood: SC Suffragists, A Look at How Local Women Helped Secure the Right to Vote

By Thelisha Eaddy

Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.On May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Senate followed. The amendment was ratified and adopted, one year later on August 18, 1920. Getting to this historic moment took an almost century- long effort of lecturing, writing, marching, lobbying, and practicing civil disobedience for many women and their allies. Some of these influential players were from South Carolina, including the Grimke sisters , Rollin sisters and Pollitzer sisters .

As NASA Prepares for Historic SpaceX Launch, A Look at How an SC Native, Clemson Grad Plays a Role

By Thelisha Eaddy

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug HurleyFor the first time in nine years, astronauts will launch into space from American soil. Wednesday’s planned test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon will send two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station. In 2018, South Carolina Public Radio talked with Conway native, Clemson Graduate and newly-appointed Deputy Director of NASA Johnson Space Center Vanessa Wyche. She shared how the agency was working towards this pivotal moment and how it relates to the future of space exploration. The scheduled flight is being called a new era in human spaceflight. NASA’s...

Facing Dwindling Funds, Nonprofits Look to Annual Giving Event for Needed Support

By Thelisha Eaddy

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services during 2019 Midlands Gives Event. The nonprofit has furloughed more than half its staff due to Covid-19. According to a recent survey by the South Carolina Community Loan fund, many nonprofits say they will run out of funding by June; 80 percent indicated they will be out money by September. Elizabeth Houck works with Midlands Gives, an 18-hour online giving event powered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. For the past six years, the event has raised almost 10 million dollars for local nonprofits. Houck said this year’s event, in the midst of a pandemic, the need to give organizations is even greater. “They kind of go on the back burner, in terms of where we give our support,” she...

Second Shipment of Medical Equipment Includes Thousands of N95 Respirators, Face Masks and Gloves

By Thelisha Eaddy

South Carolina receives second shipment of Personal protective EquipmentSouth Carolina received a second shipment of Personal protective Equipment, or PPEs, from the federal government, Saturday. The allotment included surgical gowns, face masks and gloves. The supplies are for healthcare providers responding to COVID-19 and were distributed to all 46 counties. SCDHEC said the distribution of materials was data driven, to ensure needs are fairly met, and was based on county populations. RELATED: First Shipment of Personal Protective Equipment Arrives in SC, More Expected Over Next Three Weeks SNS 2nd Allocation County Quantities by Thelisha Eaddy on Scribd

DHEC Announces First COVID-19 Related Death

By Thelisha Eaddy

South Carolina's first COVID-19 related death was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing FacilityThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reported the state’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. “We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in an elderly person recently reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Physician Consultant. “Our state health officials continue to work with national and local partners to respond to this ongoing public health matter.” The patient was from Lexington...

Coronavirus, Campaign Policies & Securing the Black Vote; Takeaways from Tuesday’s Debate

By Thelisha Eaddy

acd65b83-419b-4344-89d5-f0ea316dfe7dAmid typical debate topics: the economy, education, housing, rural healthcare and national security, Tuesday’s breaking news of health officials warning Americans to plan for the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S. gave seven of the eight remaining Democratic candidates the opportunity to show how they would lead during the growing international crisis and also the chance to attack what many of them called the President’s lack of leadership on the issue. “What we have to do is make sure we have treatment for those Americans and that they are in a quarantine situation,” Klobuchar said...

Leaning on His Backbone, Biden’s Soul of the Nation Bus Tour Swings Through Palmetto State

By Thelisha Eaddy

Bishopville resident Willie McDonald listens as Valerie Biden Owens talks about her brother Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. McDonald said he's voting for Biden because he best represents him.About two weeks ago, when Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden realized his showing in the New Hampshire Primary was going to be low, the former Vice President made a trip to South Carolina for a launch party. Surrounded by a diverse crowd of energetic supporters, Biden said despite poor numbers in Iowa, and similar expectations in New Hampshire, their fight was just beginning. “We haven’t heard from the most committed constituents of the Democratic party; the African-American community.” South Carolina’s first in the South Primary will show how popular Biden, and the other...

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