2019 Charleston Forum
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403
4:00 PM (event ends at 6:00 PM)
2019 Charleston Forum
The Charleston Forum provides the community with different perspectives on issues involving race and a direct path to address issues of criminal justice and policing, education, economic opportunity, and the future of the past.
This year, The Charleston Forum will host a keynote armchair discussion with Rev. Eric Manning of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue. Craig Melvin of The Today Show will moderate the discussion.
“We’re honored these incredible religious leaders are willing to sit down and have an open and honest discussion about hate and division—problems they know all-too-much about—and their respective ideas for how our communities can address them,” said Brian Duffy, The Charleston Forum CEO. “Both of these men have become symbols of peace, unity, and love in the face of hate and are using their voices to change our communities.”
Other speakers include U.S. Congressman Joe Cunningham, Mayor of Charleston John Tecklenburg, Public Defender Ashley Pennington, and Chief Luther Reynolds of the Charleston Police Department. The line-up will also include South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson, and South Carolina Representatives Nancy Mace, Peter McCoy, Jr., and Marvin Pendarvis.
“This is an exciting lineup of speakers that will provide solution-based ideas on how we can move our community forward,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “The only way we can move towards equity across our communities is to have these meaningful discussions and make sure everyone has a seat at the table. I’m excited to be a part of The Charleston Forum.”
The Charleston Forum was born in 2015 in the wake of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre. The Charleston Forum is a community project designed to promote productive discussions on issues of race. Accordingly, the speakers involved have different backgrounds and perspectives and collectively can better inspire change, unity and progress in our community, State, and Nation.
For more information about The Charleston Forum please visit thecharlestonforum.com.
About The Charleston Forum
The Charleston Forum is a community project that strives to provide a dialogue on race that moves the conversation forward, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. The Charleston Forum began in 2016 as a group of local political, business, educational and religious leaders who wanted to provide an outlet to discuss race across many different topics. The Forum has received significant collective support from Charleston leaders including Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Joe Riley, Reverend Joe Darby and many others.