Now serving her fifth and last term on Greenville County Council, Xanthene Norris has taught generations of students as a French teacher at Sterling High School and then as a guidance counselor at Greenville High.
“When you’re 7, you’re rapping about crayons and cartoons. It’s nothing great, but I never stopped.”
Shyland Flowers is a mainstay of the Upstate hip-hop scene, and he says there’s been a steady improvement on that scene over the last few years.
Greenville’s first black letter carrier, hailed as one of the earliest proponents for a park in West Greenville, is now seen as an inspiration for what is becoming Unity Park.…
“We are trying to illuminate pathways to college for all of our young men so that when they get to their senior year of high school, they’re making more informed decisions about what they want their next steps to be,” said Matthew Kirk, associate director of Tiger Alliance, a program for African American and Hispanic male high school students.
“At the time, Maryland State had the largest and probably one of the best football teams in the country, but it was segregated,” Merl Code says.
“With art, you have a voice, and you decide how you want to use that voice."
“Growing up in this area, we were all family. Neighbors looked out for one another. Children knew they had to be respectful, and we had to go to church and schools,” Mary Duckett said.
“It’s very much a homecoming to be back in the area,” Joseph Young said.
“When I started public school I was bullied very badly. I turned to music as an outlet, and my life has never been the same.”
Jubilee Baptist Church is one of nearly two dozen black churches in Greenville that share a tradition that stretches back more than a century.
We take a look at some of the pivotal moments African American leaders and history-makers that have roots right here in the Upstate.
“It’s about coalescing the past, the present and things about the future,” Chotsani Dean says of her art. “I’m always positioning myself in terms of what I’m seeing.”
“I really took to music early,” Shannon Hoover says.
Banana Manna LLC incorporated in 2010, and in 2016, the company got an $1,800 microloan. Finally, she earned a coveted vending spot in the TD Saturday Market.