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Photo of the music for "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Thelisha Eaddy/SC Public Radio

The song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" has long been regarded within the African-American community as the Black national anthem. Its lyrics reflect a life of struggle, but also perseverance and faith. Many, like Army veteran Harrison Jenkins, first learned the song in church and/ or grade school.  By the time time he was in highschool, the Berkeley County native was singing the song as a member of the school's chorus- where it was mandatory to learn the song in its entirety.

The Vaccine Dream Becomes a Reality at MUSC

Dec 18, 2020
Shemika Champion becomes the first health care worker in the Lowcountry to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at  MUSC in Charleston.
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

A gaggle of journalists gathers around a tent outside the  Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  With cameras, cords and microphones flailing, a curious hawk perched upon a nearby rooftop peers down at the crowd.

Inside the tent on this cold December day, 34-year-old Shemika Champion appears calm, even though a flurry of flashes surrounds her as a needle protrudes about an inch away from her arm.

"I'm just saying a little prayer to myself and getting ready," says Champion. 

A Lowcountry First

The pediatric nurse volunteered to become the first front-line health care worker in the Lowcountry to get the newly approved Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  The hospital's initial shipment arrived just two hours ago.

Champion sits still as her exposed upper arm is swabbed.  On the count of three, the onlookers lean in as the vaccine slowly plunges, into her skin.  Like a champion, she doesn't flinch.  There's a huge applause.

"I can't stop smiling about it," she gushes afterwards.

Congresswoman-Elect Nancy Mace Heads to Washington

Nov 22, 2020
Nancy Mace elected to serve 1st congressional district 2020.
Mace Campaign

Fresh off an appearance with Fox News, Republican Congresswoman-elect Nancy Mace talks to us by phone as she heads to Washington, D.C. for orientation to serve South Carolina's first congressional district.

"It still feels a little surreal," says Mace.  "We made possible what so many said was going to be impossible to do."

Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham says he will support Republican Nancy Mace in her transition.  She defeated him in the 1st congressional district race.  Cunningham conceded Friday on the steps of the U.S. Custom House in Charleston.
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham stood on the steps of the U.S. Custom House in Charleston Friday where he first announced his campaign for the 1st congressional district three years ago.  Only this time, he offered his support to Republican challenger Nancy Mace who claimed victory two days earlier.

His team said they wanted to wait to concede until all the ballots were counted.  The congressman knows what it's like to wrap up a tight race.  He's been there before.  As he spoke, a divided nation anxiously awaited results in a razor thin presidential election.

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