African-American history

College of Charleston

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners at a bible study at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. Affectionately known as Mother Emanuel, the church has been a source of African-American pride and resilience since its founding nearly 200 years ago. It was the Southernmost church in the first black religious denomination in the U.S.

To find out more about the church’s importance in African-American history, WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen spoke with College of Charleston History Professor Bernard Powers. He studies the African Methodist Episcopal church and is a co-author of the book We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.

Juneteenth Festival Focuses On Celebration, Education

Jun 16, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Thousands gathered at Independence Park in Charlotte this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth. That's short for June 19th. The date back in 1865, it's believed, that the last remaining black slaves learned that they were free.  


The Once And (Potential) Future Brooklyn, Charlotte

Mar 24, 2014
Ben Bradford / WFAE

For much of the 20th century, the southeastern quadrant of Uptown Charlotte contained a bustling neighborhood known as Brooklyn. It formed because of segregation, but grew into the center of Charlotte’s black community.  Torn down and paved over, a vibrant Second Ward became a sleepy government district. But city leaders plan to revive the area through a new development that bears a familiar name, if they can get it off the ground.