“Mirrored Images: Race Relations Today and Yesterday” is the theme of the Black History Month observance at Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, February 25. It will include reflections by the authors of the book, “We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” and a performance of freedom songs, spirituals, and work songs, at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. The program is free with garden admission; however, seating must be reserved at 843-235-6049.
(Left to right) Bernard Powers, Ph.D., Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier
Charleston authors Herb Frazier, Bernard Powers, and Marjory Wentworth will discuss mirrored images as reflected in their writings. Singer Rozlyn Sorrel of Charlotte, NC will perform a mini-concert during the 90-minute event.
Frazier is the public relations and marketing manager for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston, S.C. He grew up in the Ansonborough public housing projects in Charleston and at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier. Powers is professor of history at the College of Charleston teaching courses in American, African American and African diasporic history. His major work, “Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885,” was designated an Outstanding Academic Book by “Choice Magazine.” Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who has worked extensively in human rights for organizations such as the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; The Whole World Institute of Boston; and Church World Service in New York. She is the co-author of “Taking a Stand.”
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily.