It started with two journalists...
Tom Grubisich and Elizabeth Bowers began their writing partnership with a book about Charleston framed around race. But the massacre at Mother Emanuel on June 17 propelled them into a project with a more immediate goal: a website that would be a close examination of the color line in Charleston and what the community was doing to erase it. The book would wait.
Tom, Editor of Beyond Catfish Row, wonders how Charleston will mark its 350th anniversary in 2020: How will it speak to what there is to celebrate -- like the founders' strong belief in religious tolerance –and what to disclaim, pre-eminently the founders creating an enforced slave society. Tom was a longtime reporter for the Washington Post. He was a pioneer resident of the new town ofReston in Northern Virginia. Now settled in Charleston, he was named a "Most Progressive" by Charlie Magazine in 2014. One of his favorite features of the Charleston cityscape: its slate sidewalks.
Associate Editor Elizabeth is a lifelong Charlestonian who has been immersed in the city's arts and culture since attending Charleston County School of the Arts for middle and high school. Upon moving home after college, her first gig was as an intern covering Spoleto for the Post and Courier. Now, as a journalist, her contributions appear in Charlie Magazine and the Charleston City Paper. She's purposeful in switching her subject matter from arts to race relations in the Lowcountry, and hopes to make as much impact in the latter that she has in the former.
...and grew with a board of advisers
Greg Colleton is Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston, and is influential and popular in the city's art scene.
KJ Kearney is a native of North Charleston, graduate of SC State University, regular columnist -- usually pertaining to race -- for the Charleston City Paper, and behavioral teacher's assistant at a predominately black middle school in Charleston.