OnPoint on WACH Fox: Using the arts to unite

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - On this week's edition of OnPoint on WACH Fox, we look at how a community in the Midlands is using the arts to unite.

One of the greatest challenges facing the world today is how to effectively promote intercultural dialogue in ways that create common ground and recognize differences between people.

Using the arts to foster understanding and respect between people from different backgrounds might seem like a lofty goal, but to the Sumter County Cultural Commission, it’s not only doable, it’s the right thing to do. In March, the Commission is hosting the two-day Love, Respect, Unity Festival.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared with the world his dream of a colorblind society, one that focuses on our similarities rather than our differences. America has come closer to realizing that vision and groups like the Sumter County Cultural Commission want to keep that momentum going by using the written word, visual arts, music, and dance to bring people together.

Also, with the temperatures feeling like spring, some folks are starting to think about spring fashion. That can mean a new hairstyle, new makeup or new clothes. Stylist Tia Brannon from Carolina Hair Studios in downtown Columbia is here for her "Tia Speaks" segment to help you look your best.

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