The Race and Social Justice Initiative

The Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston was founded in late June 2015 following a major grant from Google in response to tragic events in the Charleston, including the shooting death of Walter Scott by a police officer in April 2015 and the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond, through a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, the African American Studies Program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), and multiple community partners.

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From the RSJI Blog

College of Charleston Race and Social Justice Initiative

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your attendance of “The First 365: Analyzing the First Year of the Trump Administration” featuring MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. We are proud and honored to serve as conduits for positive change through the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). This Initiative is funded solely through the generosity of supporters like you.

RSJI promotes public awareness, dialogue, and long-term systemic change for race and social justice issues in Charleston and the Lowcountry through a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI). Our programming and outreach are establishing Charleston as a nexus of history, culture, and public engagement with race and social justice issues.

Please join us in this movement by making a tax-deductible contribution or contacting Halley Cella Erickson at cellah@cofc.edu or (843) 953-6526 to get more involved.

In solidarity,

Patricia Williams-Lessane, Ph.D.             
Coprincipal, Race and Social Justice Initiative
Director, Avery Research Center for
African American History and Culture

John White, Ph.D.
Coprincipal Race and Social Justice Initiative
Dean, College of Charleston Libraries

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