We Are Charleston

The Mary Black Foundation is pleased to partner with Spartanburg School District 7 and many other community partners (listed below) to sponsor an Evening of Inspiration with the authors of “We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” on Thursday, September 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.  The book explores the tragic, hate-fueled shooting at Mother Emanuel last summer by dissecting what happened, exploring the history of the AME church, and delving into the history of slavery and racism in Charleston, in an attempt to provide context for the massacre.  Whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the book yet, we hope you’ll join us for this discussion.

The co-authors, former journalist, Herb Frazier, College of Charleston history professor, Bernard Powers, and SC Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentwork, released the book this summer to give context to what people were seeing and hearing in the media and honor those who died.

The evening event is part of the District’s larger Seven Reads Initiative.  Now in its 11th year, Seven Reads seeks to promote a love of reading through school and community partnership, celebrating the power of literacy.  Spartanburg High School students will hear from the three authors during a school-wide (faculty and students) assembly and then have the opportunity to read the book if they choose.

Partners in the Evening of Inspiration event:

  • City of Spartanburg
  • Hispanic Alliance of Spartanburg
  • NAACP, Spartanburg
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • One Spartanburg
  • Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance
  • Spartanburg Regional Foundation
  • Spartanburg School District 7
  • Spartanburg Village Network
  • United Way of the Piedmont