On June 9, 2020, Mayor John Tecklenburg and City Council voted to create the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation. The commission is 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 will have 90 days to map out a vision of achieving racial equity in the community and the mission of eliminating institutionalized racism in the City of Charleston.
Although the commission consists of six council members, the true work of the commission is a large project that will require input and guidance from a diverse group of stakeholders, experts, and volunteers. In addition to the six council members, the commission is made up of seven at-large community co-chairs and each will oversee one subcommittee. Each subcommittee will have a vice-chair and five members for a total of 7 members on each subcommittee.
Health Disparities and Environmental Justice – David Rivers
Criminal Justice – Michael Better
Youth and Education – Crystal 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 are working to build upon the work the Avery Center has done and is looking to put forth policy changes and recommendations in these seven critical areas: