On June 9, 2020, Mayor John Tecklenburg and City Council voted to create the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation. The commission was focused on the creation of measurable outcomes, promotion of greater accountability, and coordination of community wide efforts to achieve racial equity in our community. Members of the commission created the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation Report, which mapped out a vision of achieving racial equity in the community with a mission of eliminating institutionalized racism in the City of Charleston.
The commission consisted of six council members, but the true work of the commission was a large project that required input and guidance from a diverse group of stakeholders, experts, and volunteers. In addition to the six council members, the special commission was made up of seven at-large community co-chairs and each oversaw one subcommittee. Each subcommittee had a vice-chair and five members for a total of 7 members on each subcommittee.
Jason Sakran – Co-Chair
William Dudley Gregorie – Co-Chair
Housing and Mobility – Tracy Doran
Economic Empowerment – Alvin T. Johnson, Jr.
Health Disparities and Environmental Justice – Dr. Kimberly Butler Willis
Criminal Justice – Jerome Harris
Youth and Education – Crystal Robinson Rouse
History and Culture – Dr. Felice Knight
Internal Review – Daron Lee Calhoun, II
The subcommittees of the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation worked to build upon the work the Avery Center had done and put forth policy changes and recommendations in these seven critical areas: