Hey, Cola. Today we are going on a historical journey to take a deep dive into HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We’re going all the way back to the first HBCU ties to South Carolina, so let’s get started.
What is an HBCU? The term + acronym first came from the Higher Education Act of 1965, when federal funding was expanded to all universities and colleges. However,the first HBCU was established long before this act was passed. Originally, HBCUs provided a liberal arts education and trained students for careers as teachers or ministers, while others prepared students for industrial or agricultural occupations.
The creation of these colleges and universities was important since many black students were denied admission to traditionally white colleges + universities. HBCUs also hold cultural significance as they provide a place where students can explore their cultural identity.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church worked to establish the educational institution to provide educational opportunities to recently freed slaves in SC. 10 years after it was established, the school was renamed Allen University (after AME pastor Richard Allen) + moved to Columbia to be more localized.
The other HBCU in Columbia is Benedict College. The school was founded in 1870 by Bathsheba A. Benedict of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, when she paid $13,000 to purchase the 80-acre plantation just outside of Columbia with the support of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. Benedict worked to create what was formerly known asBenedict Institute, where classes were originally held in a former slave master’s house. The goal of the school was to provide an education to emancipated African Americans.
Benedict College’s first curriculum included the basics of reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic + religion. Later, the curriculum was developed to include more traditional college and trade classes, including carpentry, shoemaking, printing, and painting.
The South Carolina Legislature formally changed the name to Benedict College in 1894. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis is the current President of Benedict College – the 14th President and first-female President in the school’s 150-year history.
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○ All students, faculty + staff will now be required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus at UofSC. President Caslen also announced the school will use contact tracing to help prevent the virus’ spread on campus. (WIS)
○ The Columbia Chamber has compileda list of resources, which will continue to be updated as more information is available, for businesses navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Check out the resources here.
○ DHEC has created an activity book, titled “Why Can’t I”, to help young children understand the effects of COVID-19. The book includes coloring activities and explanations of why everyone needs to wash their hands, stay home when they don’t feel well + cover their coughs. Download the book here.
○ The SC House has approved a plan to allocate the CARES Act federal funding the state received. The plan includes expanding broadband access across the state, testing and rebuilding the unemployment trust fund. Roughly $600 million in funding will be saved for future COVID-19 response through the end of this year. The bill will need to be signed by the governor to go into effect. (WIS)
○ The West Columbia Meeting St. Artisan Market, which is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1p.m., is now requiring face masks for all visitors.
○ Initial unemployment claims in SC continued to drop last week. According to SCDEW, approx. 17,000 people filed for unemployment between June 14-20, which is a decrease of around 2,200 claims from the previous week. (WLTX)
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PlanAhead ○ Soda City Market will reopen tomorrow on Main Street. Under the phase one guidelines, families are encouraged to treat this as a grab-and-go market, only send one family member to the market, practice social distancing, wear a mask + leave pets at home. Extra staff will be on hand in addition to booths being spaced out to help keep shoppers and vendors safe.(WLTX)
State ○ SC ranked 41 on the list of states with the highest tax burden in a WalletHub survey. The ranking looked at the proportion of total income SC residents will pay towards three different types of local + state taxes. New York ranked number 1 with the highest tax burden while Alaska ranked the lowest. (WalletHub)
Development ○ The Carpet One location in Lexington has been purchased by a local business owner who plans to redevelop the building to include new office, retail + restaurant spaces, which are expected to be ready this fall.(Cola Daily)
Ranked ○ #DYK – Columbia ranks number one on a list of the fastest growing suburbs in the country, according to a recent Realtor.com report. Suburban neighborhoods saw an increase of ~3,500 spots last month while half of the city’s suburban zip codes saw a significant increase in property views compared to last year. The report looked at market demand + market pace; however, it notes that it is too early to tell if these views will lead to sales.(Cola Daily)
Arts ○ PhotoSC will unveil a new collection of photographs, called Perspective: BLM | COVID-19, portraying the recent protests in Columbia + the effort by local medical teams to combat the coronavirus pandemic, on July 1. The collection can be found in the hallway at 701 Whaley.
UofSC ○ Researchers at the UofSC Big Data Health Science Centerhave received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) to develop a centralized database and mobile app to identify trends with COVID-19. Members of the research team include faculty from the Arnold School of Public Health, the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and more.
ForKids ○ Richland Librarywill host a virtual family storytime on Saturday from 10:30-11 a.m. Viewers can join in through the library’s Facebook page. 📚
Edu ○Allen University was awarded two donations towards the Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital Project. The hospital was a state-of-the-art facility that trained black nurses in the 1950s-1970s. Under the project, the renovated + expanded hospital will house a memorial to the Emanuel Nine, the new School of Education and the Waverly Wall Portrait Museum. (ABC Columbia)
Watch ○ ICYMI, May was NationalStroke Awareness Month. It’s important to recognize the signs of a stroke – like arm weakness, face droop or speech difficulty – and call 911 right away, as stroke can happen to anyone. Savannah had one at the age of 24 – watch her story.Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Do you have a high school student wanting to develop real-world and professional skills that will set them apart from other college applications? Furman University is hosting a two-week High School Virtual Academy from July 13-24. Learn more about the program here and apply. Ⓟ
Naternal’s “Trust the Dose System” allows consumers the chance to personalize their CBD experience | Photo via Root Bioscience
Trying a new self-care product or treatment shouldn’t bankrupt you. NC-made Naternal is cutting through the often confusing – and expensive – world of CBD with a line of high-quality products at prices that make sense; starting at $15.
Every human (and pet) is different, so Naternal’s product line + dosing system allows each customer to fully personalize their CBD experience. They even created this quiz to help customers find the product that best suits their needs. Ⓟ