Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, better known as “Mother Emanuel” is one of the oldest African American churches in the country, and affiliated with the Free African Society, a religious group that provided aid to newly-free slaves.After one of its founders, a slave named Denmark Vesey, was hung for planning a rebellion, the church was burned to the ground.ILA Local 1422 has continued to be a vital force for activism in the Charleston community.(Photo: AFL-CIO.) The June 2015 Charleston church massacre has brought attention to the rich history of social activism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and in the city's broader African-American community, dating back to church founder Denmark Vesey, who planned a major slave revolt in 1822.Even after it was rebuilt, its members had to meet in secret for over 30 years until all-black churches were allowed in 1865, after the civil war.A military citadel was built with its guns pointing at the church and the black community nearby.ILA Local 1422 has continued to be a vital center for community action in the area, including serving as a meeting ground for the Charleston Black Lives Matter movement after the police shooting of Walter Scott in April 2015. In and around the park stand genteel mansions, a slouching white gazebo, and the occasional hoop-skirted tour guide, buttering up a gaggle of visitors in search of Old South charm.
Pinckney, who was elected to the state senate at age 27, recently led a prayer vigil for Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot dead by a police officer while running away.Let’s say you’re a fat guy, which -- let’s be honest -- is not all that hypothetical.You can also be jobless, balding, and emotionally fragile, but as long as you can prepare a quality breakfast and at least two other good meals (even if they’re two more breakfasts), you don't gotta worry about those 50 extra pounds.Here’s what you’ve gotta know: You don’t need statistical studies to know the ratio of women to men is out of freaking control, which many Atlanta women will tell you is exactly how dudes here behave.If you’re a single straight guy and you don’t live here, you’re an idiot. This means that unlike men, women in Atlanta workout, have great jobs, multiple degrees, high-performing investment portfolios, rental properties, on-call hairdressers, and personal chefs.There are no “fat” women in Atlanta, only “thick” ones. On the brunch side, you’ll eat ridiculously big, relatively inexpensive, boozy, and delicious meals with your boo every weekend, so obviously that’s ideal.On the other, you might be expected to team up and ask for double-forgiveness after what you did together Saturday night.Since almost nobody in Atlanta is actually from Atlanta, we spend most of our time telling out-of-towners why they can't go about finding attractive, eligible people to mate with the same way they did back home, because dating in the ATL isn't like anywhere else, and is downright mysterious for the uninitiated.In fact, “uninitiated” is just what your sex life will be if you don’t learn the unique ins-and-outs (no pun there at all) of dating in the A.Strom Thurmond propped in Congress, and whose fondness for the old ways kept the Confederate battle flag flying over the state capitol until last year.But Charleston is also the crown jewel of a state desperately wanting to be seen as cosmopolitan and "world class." And if one refocuses the eyes further down the coastline, faintly visible are the massive cranes, vessels and kindred machinery that comprise South Carolina's portal to its global future: the Charleston shipping ports.