Raising The Volume

The Charleston Gaillard Center presents Raising the Volume, a conversation on music, race, art, activism, and community-curated by Artists-in-Residence Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton. In Raising the Volume, Charleston’s Poet Laureate Amaker and Grammy Award winner Singleton explore issues through open, honest dialogue. The series begins with Amaker and Singleton examining their own experiences with racism as artists. Each subsequent conversation is led by either Amaker or Singleton having in-depth conversations with local Black leaders, educators, business owners, and artists. We are thrilled to welcome our 23-24 Artist-in-Residence, JaMeeka D. Holloway, as an additional host to this monumental series.

Each video will also be accompanied by a lesson plan for both middle and high school students. The Gaillard Center’s on-staff educator will facilitate cross-school virtual meetings for students in different areas to discuss the content of the interviews. Lesson plans for Episodes I-XXXVII are available below.

Filmed and produced by the Charleston Gaillard Center, each 30-45 minute episode is available on gaillardcenter.org and YouTube.

EPISODE I

A conversation on music, racism, art, activism, and more with Marcus Amaker & Charlton Singleton.

EPISODE II

A conversation on Charleston activism, past and present with former Municipal Court Judge for the City of Charleston for 33 years, Judge Arthur McFarland.

EPISODE III

A conversation on awareness and action with the Executive Director of YWCA, LaVanda Brown.

EPISODE IV

A conversation on growing up in Charleston and life as a journalist and author with Herb Frazier.

EPISODE V

A conversation on arts management with Dr. Karen Chandler.

EPISODE VI

A conversation on The Jazz Initiative and Jenkins Orphanage Band with Dr. Karen Chandler.

EPISODE VII

A conversation on his life and the health of our Black community with Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell.

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EPISODE VIII

A conversation on entrepreneurship with Andrea Davis.

EPISODE IX

A conversation on finding your voice with Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton.

EPISODE X

A conversation on music and life with The War And Treaty.

EPISODE XI

Kellen Gray examines classical conducting.

EPISODE XII

Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton talk about music, joy, and memory.

EPISODE XIII

Regina Duggins discusses her role as a mentor, teacher, and community leader.

EPISODE XIV

Dr. Bernard Powers analyzes life and Black history.

EPISODE XV

Jirah Perkins explores art and being you.

EPISODE XVI

Osei Chandler describes discovering your Kuumba.

EPISODE XVII

KJ Kearney highlights Black Food Fridays.

EPISODE XVIII

Michael Brown details community traditions, inspiration, & conflict resolution.

EPISODE XIX

Quiana Parler explores passion, goals for the future, and Gullah culture.

EPISODE XX

Dr. Brown analyzes gentrification, equality advocacy, and community outreach.

EPISODE XXI

Lonnie Hamilton III describes his experience as a Charleston educator and a politician.

EPISODE XXII

Techa Smalls-Brown reviews the importance of practicing mindfulness.

EPISODE XXIII

Daniel Green explores finding your brand.

EPISODE XXIV

Ann Caldwell examines telling your story.

EPISODE XXV

Truth Be Told: Vesey Panel Discussion

EPISODE XXVI

Elana Boyd-Pea describes founding Black Charleston Professionals.

EPISODE XXVII

Anson Street African Burial Project

EPISODE XXVIII

Michael Allen shares National Park Service and African American experiences.

EPISODE XXIX

Kimberlyn Davis highlights the Emanuel Nine Memorial.

EPISODE XXX

Damon Fordham reviews local African American History.

EPISODE XXXI

Tessa Spencer explores the world of news from her perspective.

EPISODE XXXII

Michael Moore and Michael Allen discuss Reconstruction and the legacy of local hero, Robert Smalls.

EPISODE XXXIII

JaMeeka D. Holloway shares her experience as a Black theater artist and director of Finding Freedom: The Journey of Robert Smalls.

EPISODE XXXIV

Damon Fordham and Michael Allen highlight the importance of Reconstruction and its cultural applicability to today.

EPISODE XXXV

Black mixed-media art and design with Lauren Sloan.

EPISODE XXXVI

The Creative Team of Finding Freedom: The Journey of Robert Smalls discusses the process of designing and constructing a new playwork with strong roots in the Gullah and Charleston communities.

EPISODE XXXVII

C. Brian Williams, Dr. Felice Knight, and Toby Smith shed light on the Stono Rebellion freedom movement and its role in the transformation of Black lives and culture

About the hosts

Marcus Amaker was named Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate in 2016. 

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano.

JaMeeka D. Holloway Black theater artist and director of Finding Freedom: The Journey of Robert Smalls

About the speakers

Judge Arthur McFarland
Municipal Court Judge for the City of Charleston for 33 years

LaVanda Brown
Executive Director of YWCA

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell
Founder of Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Dr. Karen Chandler
Director of the Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management at the College of Charleston

Andrea Davis
Founder and Owner of Motherland Essentials

Herb Frazier
Charleston-based Author

Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton
Senior Pastor at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church

Kellen Gray
Assistant Conductor at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Regina Duggins
Founder of Charleston Black Pride

Dr. Bernard E Powers
Founding director of the College of Charleston’s Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

Jirah Perkins
Multidisciplinary Artist

Osei Terry Chandler
Producer and Host of Roots Musik Karmau for South Carolina Public Radio

KJ Kearney
Founder of Black Food Fridays

Michael Brown
North Charleston City Council Member

Quiana Parler
Lead Vocalist of Ranky Tanky

Dr. William Melvin Brown
MUSC Board of Trustees Member, Sixth Congressional District Representative

Lonnie Hamilton III
Former Educator, Politician, and Professional Musician

Techa Smalls-Brown
Artist and Educator

Daniel Green
Multi-Faceted Artist

Ann Caldwell
Vocalist and Director of the Magnolia Singers

Truth Be Told: Vesey Panel Discussion

Elana Boyd-Pea
Founder / President of Black Charleston Professionals 501c3

Anson Street African Burial Project

Michael Allen
Retired National Park Service Community Partnership Specialist

Kimberlyn Davis
Executive Director of the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation

Damon Fordham
Adjunct Professor at Charleston Southern University and The Citadel

Tessa Spencer
ABC 4 News Evening Anchor

Michael Moore
High-impact business leader, keynote speaker, board member, and author

Michael Boulware Moore is a high-impact business leader, keynote speaker, board member, and author. He is an innovative thought leader on diversity and inclusion, African American history, social justice, and brand strategy. He earned a BA from Syracuse University and an MBA from Duke University. Moore is currently a candidate for the United States House of Representatives to serve in the 1st South Carolina congressional district. He was the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Blackbaud – the world’s leading software company powering the social good community – where he is building and leading the function globally. Previously, Moore was the Founding President/CEO of the International African American Museum. IAAM is a leading institution elevating the history and contributions of those who were brought enslaved to America. Moore was also CEO of Glory Foods and was the long-time principal of a boutique brand strategy consulting firm. He has classical consumer packaged goods brand management experience early in his career at Kraft and Coca-Cola. He was named to Charleston Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” list. He received an honorary doctorate in Public History from Dickinson College. In July 2019, the City of Charleston honored him with “Michael Boulware Moore Day.” Moore chairs the Board of Trustees at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he received a Distinguished Alumni Award. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the National Park Foundation and Penn Center. Moore is a frequent keynote speaker. Over the years, he has addressed groups up to 20,000 at conferences, universities, schools, museums, and other organizations. He often speaks about the connectivity between the past and the present and on the role that history plays in framing and guiding the present. He also powerfully shares the story of his great great grandfather, Civil War hero and Reconstruction Congressman Robert Smalls. Moore is a valued media contributor having been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, ESPN, PBS, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, BBC, The New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, Forbes, Huffington Post, etc. Moore is the author of Bridging the Gaps: The Love of Marketing and the forthcoming illustrated children’s book Freedom on the Sea about Robert Smalls.

Lauren Sloan
Mixed media artist

Matthew Tapp
Visual Effects Artist and 3D Artist

Carla Thomas
Costume designer, wardrobe stylist, and style contributor

Joseph Amodei
Media artist, theater designer, activist, and educator.

Kathy Perkins
Retired Professor and Lighting Designer

C. Brian Williams
Founder of Step Afrika!

Toby Smith
Cultural and political activist

Dr. Felice Ferguson Knight
Director of Education at the International African American Museum

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