Living your Truth - Conversations in Courage

Living Your Truth – Conversations in Courage

Living Your Truth is a series of conversations with those on the front lines, who bravely and gracefully live the truth of their hearts within their formidable lives. Hosted by the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative Council, and convened by The Sophia Institute, it is our hope their words inspire and challenge each of us to find our own truths. Listen to them speak personally and passionately about their work for social justice, racial equity, and transformative change.

Speakers: Dr. Mel Brown and Dr. Andrew Savage

Moderator: Dwayne Green

Dr. Mel Brown Dr. Andrew Savage
Dr. Mel Brown Dr. Andrew Savage

This is a tuition free event.  Registration is requested for planning purposes.

Our Speakers

William “Melvin” Brown III, MEd, MD, FAAEM – “Melvin” Brown has practiced medicine around the world, but keeps returning to his native Charleston. The son of high school sciences teacher, Juanita Washington, and deceased business leader William Melvin Brown, Jr., Melvin first left Charleston to receive his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the US Naval Academy.  He returned to Charleston to join the crew of the USS Sierra (AD-188) as an Electrical Division Officer until it was decommissioned and he moved to Norfolk, Virginia. Upon completion of two sea tours, he took a shore assignment back in Charleston as a Naval ROTC advisor and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at The Citadel. In his spare time, he pursued a Masters of Education with a concentration in Biology and then went on to medical school at MUSC, where he graduated in 2002.  He returned to sea as the ship’s doctor on the US Marine Carrier, the USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). He completed three years of residency training in Emergency Medicine, received his board certification in Emergency Medicine by The American Board of Emergency Medicine, and served as the Emergency Medical Director at Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan and Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida. After 20 years of service, Dr. Brown retired from the military and returned home to Charleston with multiple Navy Commendations, two Achievement Medals, and several unit commendations.  A Fellow of The Academy of Academic Emergency Medicine, he currently holds staff privileges at Trident Medical Center (Charleston, SC), The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC), and Lexington Medical Center (Columbia, SC). Dr. Brown is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Owls Whist Club.  He holds seats on the Boardsof Directors for The Medical University of South Carolina and Porter-Gaud School. He and his wife Deborah live in Hampton Park Terrace, near the Charleston Rifle Club, and have two children, Gabriel and Lillian.

Andrew J. Savage, IV, M.D. – Andrew Savage is a pediatric cardiologist with the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital and their Medical Director of Ambulatory Services and Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant.  Recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2013, Dr. Savage has served as principal investigator on several research initiatives and has made multiple presentations on the challenges facing pediatric heart transplant patients and the latest research on the subject.  A teacher of the year nominee, Dr. Savage teaches both medical and nursing students about pediatric cardiovascular health, heart failure, and transplants.  He is an active mentor and leads a variety of hospital and university committees.  A resident of Lowndes Point, Speaker for Lifepoint “Donate Life,” and a City of Charleston Flag Football Coach, he is the son of Andy and Cheryl Savage

Our Moderator

Dwayne Green, Moderator – Dwayne Green is a local attorney who practices municipal law and general litigation.  He grew up in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud School where he graduated in 1987.  After graduating from Porter-Gaud, Dwayne attended Princeton University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Politics in 1991.  He took a year off before attending law school at the University of Iowa where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1995.

Since graduating law school, Dwayne has served as the Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Charleston, Town Attorney for the Towns of Awendaw and Kiawah Island, and attorney for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, a position he still currently holds.  He has also served on the state Board of Probation Pardon and Parole, having been appointed by former governor Mark Sanford in 2005, and currently serves on the board of CARTA and the South Carolina Aquarium.

In 2005, Dwayne was instrumental in coordinating the merger of the Cannon Street YMCA and the Christian Family Y in his role as chairman of the board for the Cannon Street Y.  Dwayne also served on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Porter-Gaud School. and chaired that board from 2008-2011.

Green has two daughters, Maya and Nora, who both attend the School of the Arts in North Charleston for creative writing.  Dwayne is a writer as well and is a frequent columnist and contributor to the Charleston City Paper.

The Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative

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.

More information about the Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative can be found by contacting its co-chairs Barbara Kelley-Duncan at and Carolyn Rivers at

This is a free event. Registration is requested to help with planning.

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Mt. Zion AME Church


Mt. Zion AME Church
5 Glebe Street, Charleston, SC 29401 United States

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