In Our Community...

March 19, 2021
Nikole Hannah-Jones Nikole Hannah-Jones

*Greenville Author Releases New Children's Book On Lake City*

Lots of People Love Lake City, a new children’s book offers insights from Darla Moore and the Grahams. The book is available just in time for ArtFields April 23rd - May 1st, 2021!

35 original watercolors make this an art book and an intimate look at Lake City. It is a story about a community’s love and a positive in these negative times.

It includes an analysis of the assets of Lake City from conversations with volunteers. Quotes from Ms. Moore and the Grahams plus research facts add “history” to the story.

Artworks from earlier ArtFields offer a glimpse into the famous Lake City art event.

This is a children’s book written for adults. Colorful illustrations of real places, the agricultural history, and the trains that run through, tie the reader to the special warmth of this small town.

This makes Melinda’s second children’s book about “love” and continues her interest as an artist in the subject of “love.” Available online at, and at Main Street Mercantile in Lake City, SC (843-374-2333).

*The Black Christian Leaders Coalition*

One of New Alpha Community Development Corporation's missions is to work towards a more just and equitable community for Blacks, Indigenous, Latinx, and all people of color, now we've included a means to edify our faith-based community as well.

Networking, coordinating, and strategizing with Christian leaders to find better ways to enhance our communities and our faith, while also protecting the world that we are all blessed to live on.

To learn more about the B.C.L.C. and meet the founding members, please click here to read our brief introduction. If you'd like to submit any questions or comments, please email the B.C.L.C. at

*The Pee Dee Region Has Seen A Marked Increase In Hepatitis A*

The Pee Dee Region has seen a marked increase in Hepatitis A cases over the past 3 months, with the largest increase associated with Horry County, according to the Pee Dee Regional Epidemiology Program Manager. While no risk factors have been identified in some, the populations most at risk are those who use street drugs, experience homelessness, and have a history of incarceration. You can refer high-risk individuals to county health departments for no-cost Hepatitis A vaccine.

*The Journalist Who Created The ‘1619 Project’ To Speak At USC*

The University of South Carolina has announced they will host the Pulitzer-prize winning reporter who founded the 1619 Project.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times Magazine reporter, will be a keynote speaker at both the Media and Civil Rights History Symposium and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium at noon on March 26, 2021.

The 1619 Project, released on the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves arriving in America, is an ongoing project by the New York Times Magazine that “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” according to the New York Times Magazine’s website.

*TC Smith And The Smith Brothers*

TC Smith and the Smith Brothers are coming to the Florence Center for their 32nd Anniversary event.

This Easter Sunday event is perfect for the entire family. Tickets are available in limited capacity and all local COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

$20 Early bird tickets deadline extended until all early bird tickets are sold. Limited quantities available.

The Florence Center Box Office is open on Fridays from 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. on Saturdays. Open on all event days.