Honest Talk About Charleston’s History and Ways to Move Forward Together: Living Your Truth Series returns September 26

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers

On Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, The Social Justice Racial Equity (SJRE) Collaborative’s Living Your Truth conversation series returns with more audience interaction and action steps from Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III & Judge Alex Sanders.

Charleston’s civil rights leaders, Reverend Nelson B. Rivers, III and Judge Alex Sanders return to share stories, answer questions, and suggest steps to create a just, equitable, and thriving community where all people of all races are empowered to fulfill their potential. This gathering continues the Sophia Institute’s SJRE Collaborative’s Living Your Truth Series to educate, challenge, and foster new understanding.

 At their first Living Your Truth conversation in May 2017, Rev. Rivers and Judge Sanders shared how they met in Bennetts Point, SC, worked in the Charleston area, and pushed for change across the state.  Feedback from the full house at Emanuel AME, expressed the audience’s desire to “continue the dialogue” and “more time for Q&A” so the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative is hosting this second conversation on September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm back at Emanuel AME church.

Bimonthly conversations have been scheduled with Dr. Millicent Brown and Armand Derfner (Nov., 2017), the Hon. Lucille Whipper (Jan., 2018), Henry Smythe (March, 2018), Darrin Goss (May, 2018), State Senator Marlon Kimpson (July, 2018), and Rev. Kylon Middleton (Sept., 2018).  Each speaker will share their experiences as Charlestonians facing past policies, what they are doing now, and their vision for the future.

Alex Sanders

This is a free event. Registration is requested to help with planning – https://www.thesophiainstitute.org/events/living-your-truth-part-two.

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].

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 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 of all races are empowered to fulfill their human potential. Collaborating with its 42 member Council and multiple Engagement Partners, the SJRE Collaborative believes  a healthy, diverse, and inclusive community starts with 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.


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