Living Your Truth
Forums with leaders on the front lines talking about their experiences with structural racism and their vision for racial equity.
Racial Healing Circles
Engage in personal transformation in diverse small group settings to create new understandings of our common humanity for healing.
Acknowledge the Past
City of Charleston Apologizes for Role in the Institution of Slavery using draft language developed by SJREC.
Our volunteers are leaders and thought-partners who value our interdependence and shared humanity across race, gender, and generations.
We inspire collaborative action by advancing bold strategies that promote personal, structural, and systemic change in social justice and racial equity through truth, healing, and transformation.
Our agenda is simple; we want to influence social justice and racial equity in Charleston. Over the next 3-5 years, we will work to:
1. Address truth, healing, and transformation and bring about systemic change in our community such as our work on the City of Charleston’s Slavery Apology.
2. Support and lead vital forums that lead to actionable strategy and policy improvement for people of color in the areas of education, policing, gun violence prevention, healthcare, housing, economic justice, and expansion of voting rights and democracy. A catalogue of our Living Your Truth conversations can be found here.
3. Develop culturally competent leaders who understand the rich and complex racial history of our community and are empowered to act with an equity lens. Learn more about our volunteers and how you can support our work.
4. Promote racial equity while creating a new legacy of social justice within Charleston. Our facilitated Racial Healing Circles utilize Dr. Gail Christopher’s profound work to acknowledge our shared humanity and jettison the belief in a hierarchy of human value, and eliminate persistent racial inequities.
Working from the inside out, we recognize that a healthy, diverse and inclusive community grows out of an acknowledgment of our interdependence and shared humanity. Using a collaborative approach, we convene leaders and thought-partners across race, gender and generations to resolve historical and contemporary barriers to access and opportunities for people of color. By addressing the challenges that emerge from structural and institutional racism, we are transforming Charleston into a more just and equitable place to live, work and thrive.