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Days of Grace Set for Labor Day Weekend in Charleston, SC; Groups Announce Plans for Mass March and Conference
8/26/2015 3:31:05 PM

Dot Scott (r), president of the Charleston branch of the NAACP speaks about why they are involved in the Days of Grace mobilization. Photo: Kerry Taylor

Leonard Riley, ILA Local 1422, addresses the media about the plans for the Days of Grace. Photo: Kerry Taylor
By Kieran Taylor

At a press conference on Friday, August 21, a broad coalition of organizations announced plans for the Days of Grace, a mass march and conference that will take place in Charleston, SC on September 5 and 6.

The International Longshoremen's Association, Local 1422 issued the call for the Days of Grace three weeks ago and the response has been tremendous. Seventy organizations, including the Charleston Branch NAACP, Charleston Pride Festival, Inc., Healthcare Workers United, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, church congregations, students, and many more have endorsed the call to action for a Labor Day weekend march and conference to reflect on the lives of Walter Scott and the victims of the Emanuel massacre and to chart a course for a better South Carolina.

"There is a feeling that the people of good will need to be heard in this moment," said Leonard Riley Jr. of Local 1422. "The removal of the Confederate flag was a hopeful sign that the state is ready to move forward," said Riley. "But we need to back that up with policies that make this a better state to live in for everyone."

"I think what happened with Walter Scott and the Emanuel Nine has led to individuals understanding a new sentiment, and we have to translate that into action," added Linda Ketner, a social justice activist in Charleston, SC.

The march will gather on September 5 at 9am at Wragg Square (342 Meeting St, Charleston, SC). The strategy conference will be held at ILA Local 1422 hall (1142 Morrison Drive) and will hold sessions from 2pm - 6pm on September 5 and from 10am - pm on September 6.

Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP and the architect of the Moral Monday movement, will deliver the main address during the march on September 5.

The conference will be structured around Senator Pinckney's unfinished agenda: expanded voting rights, increased access to good paying jobs, quality healthcare, and education, and an end to racial profiling, differential sentencing and mass incarceration. "It's not only going to be a day of grace, it's going to be amazing, it's Amazing Grace," Dot Scott, President of the NAACP Charleston branch, said.

Additional information can be found on the Days of Grace coalition website at or by calling 864-513-3450.

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