"Let's Talk About" Symposium with Atty. Barbara Ransom Sept. 3

The African American Cultural Center, a department of the Camden Archives & Museum, is excited to announce the return of the "Let's Talk About…" series, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The public is invited to this upcoming “Let’s Talk About…” symposium on Critical Race Theory (CRT), led by civic activist, author, and former Camden mayor Tony Scully and law professor and practicing attorney, Barbara Ransom. This event will be hosted by the Arts Center of Kershaw County, in the black box theater, on Saturday, September 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in downtown Camden. The event is part of the week-long celebration of the Downtown Camden Cultural District. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Register at or call the Archives at 803-425-6050.

CRT has been a buzz phrase in the news for some time now. Yet, many still don’t fully understand what it means – for them, their students, and their communities as a whole. Together, these two individuals representing quite different life experiences will explore what CRT is and is not. 

Barbara Ransom spent a part of her career as an educator, having received her Bachelors’ degree in education. Deciding that she could be more of a benefit to teaching as an attorney, she began to practice civil rights litigation some 35 years ago as a plaintiff’s attorney. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in Lesley’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. She has also been on the speakers’ circuit for almost 30 years, conducting workshops and trainings, presenting on panels, and has been a keynote speaker always with the intent to help people understand how American jurisprudence works. With the passage of Executive Order 13950 on September 22, 2020, she turned her attention and skills to organize and present trainings and workshops on that part of CRT that examines our legal and education systems.  

Tony Scully has been a Broadway playwright, a Jesuit, and the mayor of Camden. A graduate of Boston College and the Yale School of Drama, he is also a painter. In Hollywood, where he was a writer/consultant, he directed Return to Innocence, a foundation that dealt with issues of multi-generational cultural abuse in affected populations. Currently, he is President of the Kershaw County Historical Society. Scully is the author of A Carolina Psalter (Wipf & Stock, 2019) and Come into the Light (Wipf & Stock, 2020).

“Let’s Talk About…” is a community engagement initiative offered by the African American Cultural Center of Camden, a department of the Camden Archives & Museum, consisting of a series of lectures, literary readings, panel discussions, and stories woven together to present different perspectives on the achievements, culture, and history of African Americans.