Removing Our Blinders: Looking Back with Mayor Riley

What drives Joe Riley's focus on racial equity?


Wednesday, May 4, 2022
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Category: Removing Our Blinders

Joe Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America, having served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley
Mayor Joe Riley

The city he stepped up to lead at the age of 32 was very poor, and still very segregated. The Charleston Hospital Strike, in which mostly black workers protested discrimination and low wages, had occurred just six years earlier, in 1969.

Together SC president, Madeleine McGee, also a Charleston native, literally "grew up" watching as Mayor Riley revitalized Charleston.

Join us, as Madeleine talks with Mayor Riley about his life-long focus on advancing racial harmony and ultimately on racial equity. 

They'll explore life experiences that caused Riley to see things needed changing; what he learned about building understanding and trust with Charleston's Black community; and look back at key events during his tenure that have shaped his beliefs, work and the man he is today. 

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