Thelisha Eaddy

Columbia's Cardinal Newman High School Announces Changes to Increase Security, Diversity

By Thelisha Eaddy


Law enforcement on campus, active shooter training for faculty and an increase in security during athletic events are some of the changes Columbia's Cardinal Newman high school promised during a town hall meeting Thursday evening. The school is dealing with the aftermath a 16-year-old former student’s racist video and threats to “shoot up” the school.

After 6 Months, Popular Civil Rights Exhibit Set to Close

By Thelisha Eaddy

USC history professor, Dr. Bobby Donaldson at the Justice For All: South Carolina and American Civil Rights Movement exhibit

On August 9, decades of South Carolina history will be removed from public display, repackaged and placed in climate control storage at various libraries at the University of South Carolina. The Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement exhibit has been open to the public since February. It uses oral history recordings, film clips, photographs, postcards, diaries and manuscripts to highlight largely overlooked chapters in the history of the movement.

Were You in High School in 1960? Researchers Think Your Early Education Could Shed Light on Aging

By Thelisha Eaddy

Were You in High School in 1960

The “Lincoln School” was the first public school for black students in Sumter. The school was built in the late 1800s and started as a frame cottage with four classrooms. By the 1950’s, the school acquired an additional twenty classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a library, and a band room. The last graduating class under the name of Lincoln High School was the class of 1969.  But nine years before the name change, in 1960, Lincoln would be one of 17 high schools in the state to participate in a national survey.

The Road We Trod: The Impact of South Carolina's HBCUs on History, Economy & Future

By Thelisha Eaddy

Presidents of South Carolina's eight HBCUs

There are eight historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in South Carolina. These institutions of higher education in the United States were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. In South Carolina, the oldest HBCU is Claflin University; it was established in 1869. Allen University and Benedict College in Columbia, were both founded in 1870. Clinton College in Rock Hill, was founded in 1894. South Carolina State University in Orangburg, was founded in 1896.

College Students Talk Tuition Affordability, Government Shutdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders

By Thelisha Eaddy

Sen. Bernie Sanders talks with Benedict College students in Columbia.

One day after delivering a speech about combatting racism, poverty and war, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with students at Benedict College in Columbia encouraging them to “think big, not small.”

“When we live in a competitive, global economy, does it make sense to tell young people whose families don’t have a lot of money that they can’t go to college?”

Sanders spent about a half hour answering questions during the event, called a Conversation with students. He said he believes public colleges and universities should be tuition-free.

10,000 More Kids in SC Now Without Health Insurance

By Thelisha Eaddy


Data from a new report indicates the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. According to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Family, between 2016 and 2017, the number of uninsured children increased by about 276,000. In South Carolina, that number is 10,000. Joan Alker is Executive Director of the Georgetown center, she spoke with South Carolina Public Radio about why these numbers are important.

Virtual Reality, Simulation Tools Help Midlands Exercise Empathy Muscle

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland Library staff preparing to use the new empathy lab.

Virtual reality and simulation tools are helping people in the Midlands "exercise their empathy muscle." Richland Library has a mobile empthy lab that travels to its various branches, giving customers the chance to "try on" someone else's life and see things from a new perspective.  In November, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab immersed customers into the life of someone who lost their job, was evicted and eventually bec