Living Your Truth Series
Presented by the Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative (convened by The Sophia Institute)
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III is the Pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in the Liberty Hill Community of North Charleston, SC and the Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations of the National Action Network since 2014. For almost 40 years he worked at every level of the NAACP and helped to elect more than 300 black officials in South Carolina. He was a lead organizer of the 2000 March on the Statehouse when 50,000 people marched on the state capital to demand the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag and he was a founding member of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) in 2011. He is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the State of SC’s highest award for service.
Judge Alex Sanders is now a College of Charleston professor in the Department of Political Science after serving as the University's 19th President. A man of many talents, Sanders' job descriptions have also included Chief Judge of the SC Court of Appeals, state Legislator in the House and Senate, candidate for the US Senate, a soybean farmer, soldier, and even circus performer. As Andy Abrams, the former dean of the Charleston School of Law, told the State Newspaper in 2011: "Alex Sanders never fails to entertain, educate, and inspire."
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 and bring understanding, as we work together for the dignity and rights of all people.
Friends for decades, Rev. Rivers and Judge Sanders are portraits of courage and wisdom in the Charleston community. Listen to them speak personally and passionately about their work for social justice, racial equity, and transformative change.
This is the first event in this series. All events will be tuition-free and open to the public.