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She Speaks Too is a podcast that shares the stories of African Americans who have made an impact in their communities: historically, economically and educationally from the South Carolina Low Country and around the world!

She Speaks Too w/Patricia Bligen Jones Patricia Bligen Jones

    • Society & Culture
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She Speaks Too is a podcast that shares the stories of African Americans who have made an impact in their communities: historically, economically and educationally from the South Carolina Low Country and around the world!

    For the Love of Black Appalachia: A Conversation with EnKeshi Thom El-Amin, Ph.D.

    For the Love of Black Appalachia: A Conversation with EnKeshi Thom El-Amin, Ph.D.

    Since she arrived in Knoxville, Black scholar and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, sociologist EnKeshi Thom El-Amin has been building bridges between academia and local communities. Her Ph.D. dissertation, "A Love Letter to Black Appalachia" chronicles the lives of Black Appalachians and the place they call home.

    The first Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Sociology’s critical race and ethnic studies concentration, El-Amin now serves as a lecturer for the department. Her doctoral studies at UT led her to identify the need for Black community space in Knoxville. Earlier this year, she founded The Bottom, home to a podcast studio, a bookstore that features Black authors, and Sew It Sell It, a community sewing camp that teaches crafts and entrepreneurship skills to children.

    El-Amin is also co-host of the Black in Appalachia podcast.

    Dr. El-Amin, born in Guyana, South America, is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and Syracuse University, where she received her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees respectively.

    She is married to Jihad El-Amin, and they are the proud parents of Princess-Auset, age 3.


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    • 25 min
    Lament and Forgiveness: A Conversation with The Reverend Sharon Risher

    Lament and Forgiveness: A Conversation with The Reverend Sharon Risher

    How can you forgive the unforgiveable?

    On June 17, 2015,  the Reverend Sharon Risher's life change in a flash! 

    The instant her phone rang, she sensed something was horribly wrong. Something had happened at Emanuel AME Church, the church of her youth in Charleston, South Carolina, and she knew her mother was likely in the church at Bible study. Even before she heard the news, her chaplain's instinct told her the awful truth: her mother was dead, along with two cousins. What she couldn't imagine was that they had been murdered by a white supremacist. Plunged into the depths of mourning and anger and shock, Sharon could have wallowed in the pain. Instead, she chose the path of forgiveness and hope - eventually forgiving the convicted killer for his crime.

    Reverend Risher is the author of For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre. In this powerful memoir of faith, family, and loss, Sharon begins the story with her mother, Ethel Lee Lance, seeking refuge in the church from poverty and scorn and raising her family despite unfathomable violence that rattled Sharon to her core years later; how Sharon overcame her own struggles and answered the call to ministry; and how, in the loss of her dear mother, Sharon has become a nationally known speaker as she shares her raw, riveting, story of losing loved ones to gun violence and racism.


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    • 52 min
    In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: A Conversation with U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn

    In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: A Conversation with U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn

    James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis.  He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group.

    When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Congressman Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served as Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.

    As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law.  His 10-20-30 federal funding formula was included in four sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Congressman Clyburn is also a passionate supporter of historic preservation and restoration programs.  His efforts have restored scores of historic buildings and sites on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.  His legislation created the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, elevated the Congaree National Monument to a National Park, and established the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

    Congressman Clyburn’s humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina as the eldest son of an activist, fundamentalist minister and an independent, civic-minded beautician grounded him securely in family, faith and public service. His memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, was published in 2015, and has been described ‎as a primer that should be read by every student interested in pursuing a career in public service.

    Congressman Clyburn and his late wife, Emily England Clyburn, met as students at South Carolina State and were married for 58 years. They are the parents of three daughters; Mignon Clyburn, Jennifer Reed, and Angela Hannibal and four grandchildren.


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    • 43 min
    ***REVISED** A Father's Answered Prayer: A Conversation with The Reverend Doctor Donnie Rufus Woods

    ***REVISED** A Father's Answered Prayer: A Conversation with The Reverend Doctor Donnie Rufus Woods

    The Reverend Dr. Donnie Rufus Woods was born  in rural Louisville, Mississippi and grew up on the family farm with eighteen other brothers and sisters. His parents (George and Opaline) provided a Christian home where all of them were loved, nurtured in the Christian faith, and encouraged to work extremely hard to succeed in life. He attended the public schools of Winston County, Mississippi, graduating from Noxapater High School in 1973.

    Donnie received an AA degree at Mary Holmes College, West Point, MS (1979); a BA degree at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (1981); a Master of Divinity degree at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (ITC), Atlanta, GA (1985); and a Doctor of Divinity degree (Honoris Causa) at Johnson C. Smith Seminary (2005). Donnie was ordained by Tropical Florida Presbytery in October 1985. During the first fourteen years of ordained ministry, Donnie served pastorates in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

    In July 1998, Donnie was called as the Designated Associate Executive Presbyter of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery in Charleston, SC, and elected Stated Clerk of the Presbytery in 2000. He was called and elected to the position of Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk by the same presbytery in February 2002. He continues to serve in this position to date as General Presbyter, Pastor to Pastors and Associate Stated Clerk.

    Donnie is married to Teresa Dixon Veal and they have three children (Justin, Stephen, and Donna, a senior at College of Charleston); and two older children (Deidre and Donnie, Jr.) from a previous marriage.

    He is serves as General Presbytery for the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery in Charleston, SC.


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    • 1 hr 6 min

    An Educator's Life: A Conversation with Beulah Jeffries Washington

    An Educator's Life: A Conversation with Beulah Jeffries Washington

    "All things work together for good, for those who love God..." Romans 8:28



    Beulah Jefferies Washington is a native of Gaffney, SC. She is the daughter of James and Fannie Dover Jefferies, and the third child of four children. She received her education from Granard Elementary and High School in Gaffney, Barber Scotia College in Concord North Carolina and The College of Charleston where she received her certification in Reading.

    She is a member of Edisto Presbyterian Church USA, Edisto Island, SC, where she has served as an Elder, Deacon, Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Church School Teacher the choir, church organist and many committees. She has served on Committees in the Presbytery and Presbyterian Women. She serves on the committee of Trustees for Charleston Atlantic Presbytery; and served many years as a Cluster Leader for Presbyterian Women.

    She received a diploma from the South Carolina Lay School of Theology from the Presbyterian Church, USA.

    She is married to The Reverend Doctor McKinley Washington, Jr., an Honorably Retired Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA, and a former South Carolina Representative and Senator. They are the parents of a daughter, Katrina Knight, and a son, Michael Washington; and they have five grandchildren.

    She enjoys traveling, planting herbs and reading. 

    She always told her children, grands, students and all other children, "You can do anything you want to do, you can go anyplace you want to go and you can become anyone you want to be. It’s your choice."








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    • 52 min

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