Honest Talk About Charleston’s History: Living Your Truth Series Starts May 16

Rev. Nelson Rivers

Judge Alex Sanders

On Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, the Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative will launch its Living Your Truth series with Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III & Judge Alex Sanders.

Believing the Charleston region is ready to reflect on the truth and perspectives necessary for racial healing and transformation, the Living Your Truth series brings together diverse voices from those on the front lines to inspire, challenge, and foster understanding.

Friends for decades, Rev. Rivers and Judge Sanders are portraits of courage and wisdom in the Charleston community. They will speak personally and passionately about their work for social justice, racial equity, and transformative change. Carolyn Murray will be the moderator.

Rev. Rivers is the Pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in the Liberty Hill Community of North Charleston, SC and the Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations of the National Action Network. He worked at every level of the NAACP and has helped to elect more than 300 black officials in South Carolina. He was a lead organizer of the 2000 March on the Statehouse to demand the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag and was a founding member of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry in 2011.

The 19th President of the College of Charleston, Judge Alex Sanders currently teaches in the University’s Department of Political Science. A man of many talents, Sanders’ job descriptions have also included Chief Judge of the SC Court of Appeals, state Legislator in the House and Senate, candidate for the US Senate, a soybean farmer, soldier, and even circus performer.

The Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative, convened by The Sophia Institute, seeks a just, sustainable, and thriving community where all people are empowered to fulfill their human potential. Collaborating with its 37 member Council and multiple Engagement Partners, the SJRE Collaborative works from the inside out to recognize a healthy, diverse, and inclusive community grows out of an acknowledgement of interdependence and shared humanity. By addressing the challenges that emerge from structural and institutional racism, the SJRE Collaborative is working to transform Charleston into a more just and equitable place to live, work, and thrive.
More information about the Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative can be found at www.TheSophiaInstitute.org or by contacting its co-chairs Barbara Kelley-Duncan at [email protected] and Carolyn Rivers at [email protected] 
This is a free event. Registration is requested to help with planning. 

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