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Walter Edgar’s Journal Featuring Greenville and Upstate

Walter Edgar’s Journal Featuring Greenville and Upstate

A grant funded from The Jolley Foundation allows ETV Radio's host Dr. Walter Edgar to travel to Greenville County to interview guests and cover Upstate stories on his popular show, Walter Edgar's Journal. Recently, Edgar traveled to the Upcountry History Museum to talk with Rabbi Marc Wilson and historian Courtney Tollison about The Year of Altruism.

The Year of Altruism stemmed from plans surrounding the 75th anniversary observance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass— a day which saw the beginning of Nazi killing and imprisonment of Jews in Germany and Austria. Greenville community leaders were moved by the stories of thousands of "Righteous Gentiles" who had risked their lives to rescue, conceal and protect victimized Jews. The planners realized that the story of altruism - compassion, mercy, self-sacrifice, idealism - is a universal story, not one of a particular place, time, or people. From this realization came Greenville's Year of Altruism, a citywide program promoting tolerance and understanding.

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Other Upstate Episodes on Walter Edgar's Journal include:

November 22, 2013 - Reimagining Greenville
Greenville's downtown is widely recognized as one of the best in America. In Reimagining Greenville: Building the Best Downtown in America (The History Press, 2013), authors John Boyanoski and Mayor Knox White tell the story of the careful, deliberate efforts by city and community leaders who banded together to build something special from a decaying city center. Mayor White joins Dr. Edgar to share some of this story.

December 13, 2013 - Triune Mercy Center
Deb Richardson-Moore, a middle-aged suburban mom and journalist was inspired to become a pastor after writing a story exploring God's call in our lives. Seven years ago, a recent graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, she took a position as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, an inner-city mission to the homeless in Greenville, S.C. "What I found there absolutely flattened me," she says. It also inspired her. Today, she and a dedicated staff continue to build a worshiping community that focuses on drug rehab, jobs and housing for the homeless.

Walter Edgar visits Pastor Richardson-Moore in her study at the Center to talk about the growth of its ministry and her journey, as well as her recent memoir, The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets (Monarch Books, 2012)

December 20, 2013 - Greenville's Civil Rights Movement
Walter Edgar's Journal drops by the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University, in Greenville, SC, to talk with the Museum's Dr. Courtney Tollison; Dr. Margaree Crosby, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University; and Greenville City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming. The discussion centers on an upcoming exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Greenville County schools. Protests, Prayers, & Progress, January 18 through June 5, 2014, details the people, events, and culture of Greenville's Civil Rights Movement through oral histories, artifacts, images, and children's activities.

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