Oral History of Marcus McDonald, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 21 April 2021

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Title

Oral History of Marcus McDonald, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 21 April 2021

Description

Marcus McDonald was born in Silver Springs, MD, and grew up in Columbia, SC. He moved to Charleston in 2014 to attend the College of Charleston, where he graduated with a degree in finances. McDonald is the founder of Adesso Entertainment.

In 2020, after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, he felt compelled to act and started organizing with Black Lives Matter. McDonald talks about the marches organized in downtown Charleston right after the video of George Floyd’s police killing was released and about the police repression that followed. He discusses the challenges of being a new face in the Charleston organizing scene, the process of forming the Independent Charleston Black Lives Matter Chapter, and how he became identified as its leader.

In the interview, McDonald reflects on teaching at Burke High School, his work with the Eastside Community Development Corporation, and his participation in several local coalitions that focus on police brutality, racism, and gentrification.

Publisher

The Citadel Archives and Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1655

Coverage

Charleston (S. C.)

Interviewer

Mills Pennebaker

Interviewee

Marcus McDonald

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Duration

121 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Marcus McDonald, interviewed by Mills Pennebaker, 21 April 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed May 18, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1655.