Living Your Truth – Conversations in Courage

Living Your Truth

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.

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

Conversations in Courage Speakers:

Cleo Scott Brown Rowland of History Matters Institute


Joan Zaleski of League of Women Voters

The Forum will be moderated by Adam Parker, Post and Courier

Cleo Scott Brown Rowland is a national speaker and writer, focusing on issues of race relations, voting, and class. Her parents were involved in a federal voting rights case that exposed her as a child to many years of death threats, cross burnings, and other random acts of terror, but also piqued her interest in voting rights. Her family’s story is recorded in Cleo’s first book “Witness to the Truth” (University of South Carolina Press), a Ouachita Parish River Reads selection.

Cleo owns History Matters Institute, specializes in using history to help people better understand the present with a goal of creating understanding, introspection, and change. She presents history filled with lessons, wisdom, enlightenment, and inspiration.

Her second book, “Raceology 101”, was the first-place winner in the 2018 National Federation of Press Women Non-Fiction Book competition and her commentaries on race have appeared in the Post & Courier. She is also a contributor to Harvard University’s African American National Biography.

Cleo is the President of the John H. Scott Memorial Fund , working with youth living in rural poverty.  She is a retired Risk Manager for Santee Cooper and a graduate of Grambling State University.  She is a member of Royal Baptist Church in North Charleston and is the wife of Frank Rowland. They reside in Goose Creek, SC.

Joan Zaleski retired in 2013 from Hofstra University in New York as Professor Emerita of Literacy Studies after spending more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and teacher educator. She is a graduate of Hunter College, Queens College, and New York University where she earned her Ph.D. in English Education. She first joined the League of Women Voters in Cheshire, CT, in 1970, and later organized a new League chapter on Long Island, NY, serving as its first president, and leading the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

After moving to Mount Pleasant, Joan joined the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area. She is currently Co-President of the League after serving as Director of Voters Services for four years. In 2020 she served as chair of the Centennial Committee which celebrated both the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. She is still advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. She enjoys reading and is a member of the LWV of the Charleston Area Book Club. She also volunteers as a museum educator at the Gibbes Museum of Art where she introduces school children to the wonders of the art world. She spends her spare moments gardening, enjoying porch time with her husband, Steve, visiting her sons, and walking her “pandemic” puppy, Cooper.

A recording will be provided for all those who register.
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Jun 07 2022


Eastern Standard Time
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM



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Royal Missionary Baptist Church Education Building
North Charleston, SC