Kerry is an associate professor of history at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He specializes in 20th century U.S., labor, African-American and oral history. Kerry is a member of the Institute for Southern Studies' board.
June 15, 2018 -
The workers said their arrests were meant to honor the "Charleston Five" — union members placed under house arrest nearly 20 years ago for taking part in protests to save union jobs at the Port of Charleston.
March 9, 2018 -
Jimmy Collier was an organizer-musician with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the first Poor People's Campaign. The songs he composed and recorded 50 years ago continue to inspire activists today.
July 19, 2017 -
The historic link between workers in the South Carolina city and the organizer training school in Tennessee was revitalized when a group of Raise Up for $15 activists from Charleston traveled there recently with others from around the South to strategize about what's next for the movement.
January 22, 2016 -
Echoing a tactic used in the civil rights struggle, more than 1,000 low-wage workers rallied outside the Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, calling for a sweeping agenda including fair pay, union rights and an end to discriminatory policing.
May 29, 2015 -
Why was the killing of an African-American man by a white police officer in a South Carolina city met with such a different response than similar tragedies in the North and Midwest? Camera footage made a difference, but so did the years-long building of a community of resistance.
December 20, 2012 -
Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association honored a picket line at the Port of Charleston that was protesting the arrival of a ship bearing Walmart clothing made at a Bangladesh factory where over 100 workers died in a November fire. Dozens of truck drivers and other workers also turned around after learning of the work stoppage.