The Charleston Forum announced a $10,000 donation made by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support their ongoing effort to host an open and honest conversation on race and introduce solutions to improve our community. This donation is part of the Dominion Energy commitment to support social justice and community rebuilding efforts.
“We are so thankful for the support The Charleston Forum has received across the community and Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation’s generous donation will allow us to continue our work with the local community to develop solutions to racial disparities in education, criminal justice and economics,” said Brian Duffy, CEO of The Charleston Forum.
”We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve," said Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. "We are proud to support The Charleston Forum as they work to continue the critical conversation surrounding social justice throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.”
In 2020, The Charleston Forum converted their programing online featuring community leaders including Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Jim Clyburn, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Former Georgia Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. These discussions included the impacts of COVID-19 on Charleston communities, racial disparities across the south, criminal justice and policing, disparities in health and healthcare and equity in education.
In June 2020, in commemoration for our community members lost at Mother Emanuel five years ago and in recognition of the 350th Anniversary of Charleston's founding, The Charleston Forum revealed the results of a survey showing the attitudes residents in our tri-county area have about issues of race in key topic areas. Those topics include policing, criminal justice, education, economics, and willingness to engage in community discussion on race relations. The survey results formed the basis of a multi-story series by the Post and Courier.
The Charleston Forum will follow its 2020 survey on perceptions of these issues with a 2021 survey seeking community input on proposals to address the problems identified by the community in the previous effort. The findings of the 2021 survey will be presented in the Forum’s 2021 annual event.
The Charleston Forum was born in 2015 in the wake of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre. The Charleston Forum is a community project designed to promote productive discussions on issues of race.
For more information about The Charleston Forum please visit thecharlestonforum.com.
About The Charleston Forum
The Charleston Forum is a community project that strives to provide a dialogue on race that moves the conversation forward, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. The Charleston Forum began in 2016 as a group of local political, business, educational and religious leaders who wanted to provide an outlet to discuss race across many different topics. The Forum has received significant collective support from Charleston leaders including Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Joe Riley, Reverend Joe Darby and many others.
About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.
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