CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – In response to recent local and national events, the City of Charleston is moving forward with plans to create a Racial Diversity and Reconciliation Committee. An ordinance to officially create the committee will be passed at a meeting on Tuesday.
The group will be made up of five city council members and two community members, appointed by Mayor John Tecklenburg.
“I think this is an opportunity to really look at ourselves, hold a mirror to ourselves, and as a city, as an organization, we should lead by example,” said Amber Johnson.
The city has already appointed Amber Johnson as Director of Diversity and Reconciliation.
(Amber Johnson, Director of Diversity and Reconciliation)
“I’m passionate about this because it affects me personally. I’m a black woman living in this city so what happens here affects me.”
The commission will be led by Charleston City Council members William Dudley Gregorie and Jason Sakran.
It will focus on items such as education, housing, economic opportunity, and controversial monuments/statues like the John C. Calhoun Statue.