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The Charleston Forum on Race

  • Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street Charleston, SC 29403 USA (map)

On June 16, 2017, The Charleston Forum will host a discussion on the many issues currently facing Charlestonians, South Carolinians, and citizens all across the United States. As part of the official commemoration events of the losses suffered at Mother Emanuel in 2015, The Charleston Forum will shine a spotlight not only on the different perspectives on race dividing our country today but also on proposed steps forward. David Blight will take part in one of the forum’s conversations on “The Future of the Past.”

Although conversation on race is not new, the conversations too often take place only among people who already share the same agenda.  The Charleston Forum’s dialogue is a step forward together, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. Our discussions will address economics and education, policing and criminal justice, the future of the past, and the Charleston experience.

Two steps are necessary for people to reach an understanding or appreciation of different views: a willingness to hear a different perspective, and the ability to be heard or see that others with your view are being heard. That understanding and appreciation – not necessarily adoption of others’ views – is the foundation upon which we can move forward together.  Just as important, the extreme views and acts will be further marginalized and attract fewer proponents.

The forum will be recorded and live streamed.  When the event is complete the videos from the evening's event will be displayed on this site to provide continued discussion about the topics and how to find solutions.

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