Interested members of the community are invited to gather in a safe space and converse with individuals who have been exposed to prejudice or stigma. Join us to combat intolerance by engaging in open, honest and respectful dialogue.
October 6: Get to know a refugee
Bakemayi Mufuta was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When he was 7 years old, he and his family fled the oncoming genocide to a refugee camp in Zambia where he continued his education and became a pastor. In 2017, after 22 years in the camp, the United States accepted him, his wife and children as refugees.
This event is co-sponsored by Lutheran Services.
October 27: Get to know a transgender woman
Lee Anne Leland is co-facilitator of The Charleston Area Transgender Support group. She was named 2015 volunteer of the year by We Are Family and now sits on their board of directors. In 2017 the Alliance
For Full Acceptance awarded her their Community Leadership Award. She will be joined by other transgender community members and parents of transgender teens for the panel discussion.
This event is co-sponsored by Charleston Area Transgender Support, We Are Family and AFFA.
November 17: Get to know law enforcement officers
Interested members of the community are asked to join us in a safe space to converse with law enforcement officers. Retired Police Officer Kay Wang patrolled the sea islands for years and has been an advocate for immigrants moving to the area. He was awarded the Community Police Officer for the Year from the Charleston Police Department and he currently mentors kids of immigrant families. Other law enforcement officers will join him for this panel discussion.
December 8: Get to know Gullah Geechee cultures and traditions
Reverend DeMett E. Jenkins will share her stories and her experiences growing up a Gullah girl, including traditions, foods and spirituals passed down for generations.
Co-sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. The Corridor is a federal National Heritage Area and it was established by the U.S. Congress to recognize the unique culture and historic contributions of the Gullah Geechee people.