SRJE Collaborate Living Your Truth Conversation Continues March 20

Living Your Truth duet conversations on civil rights and race continue on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe Street in downtown Charleston.  This event has been organized by The Sophia Institute’s Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative.

Judge Arthur C. McFarland and attorney Henry B. Smythe, Jr. will talk about growing up in Charleston in the 60’s, practicing law, and fighting for civil rights in Charleston and South Carolina. The moderator of this conversation will be Rev. Joseph A. Darby, first vice-president of the Charleston Branch NAACP and Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the AME Church.

Judge Arthur C. McFarland

Arthur C. McFarland graduated from Bishop England High School, went onto Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He was appointed Associate Judge of the City of Charleston Municipal Court in 1974.  Two years later, he became the Chief Municipal Judge and held the post until his retirement in 2009.  Involved in civil rights activities throughout his life, Judge McFarland has served on numerous local boards including: MUSC Foundation, Daniel Joseph Jenkins Institute for Children, the College of Charleston Foundation, the Charleston County Human Services Commission, and Turning Leaf. A life-long Catholic, Judge McFarland also served between 2000 and 2006 as the Supreme Knight and CEO of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. – the largest African American Catholic fraternal order in the US. He currently serves as co-President of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry and is on the board of directors for Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center.

Henry B. Smythe, Jr.

Henry B. Smythe, Jr. received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, three years after Judge McFarland. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1977, he is a past president of the SC Bar Association, and was named Defendants Lawyer of the Year in 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America.  His clients range from major national and regional companies to locally owned businesses with concerns in both the state and federal courts.  A Charleston City Council member in the mid-nineties, Mr. Smythe has long been committed to community involvement and public service. He has served several terms on the Coastal Community Foundation Board of Directors, and was the board president between 1988 and 1991.  Spoleto Festival, USA, Hospice of Charleston, Inc., and the College of Charleston Foundation have all benefited from his board input over the years.  He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the International African American Museum and the Saul Alexander Foundation.

This is a free event, but registration is requested for planning. More information about the Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative can be found at or by contacting its co-chairs Barbara Kelley-Duncan at [email protected] and Carolyn Rivers at [email protected]

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. 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.

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