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."