CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue will join Reverend Eric Manning of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church for the third annual Charleston Forum.
The forum aims to provide different perspectives on issues involving race and a direct path to address issues of criminal justice and policing, education, economic opportunity, and the future of the past.
The keynote armchair discussion will be between Manning and Myers, whose synagogue was the target of a mass shooting. Eleven people were killed and seven were injured in what is now the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.
Were honored these incredible religious leaders are willing to sit down and have an open and honest discussion about hate and division –problems they know all-too-much about, The Charleston Forum CEO, Brian Duffy, said. Both of these men have become symbols of peace, unity and love in the face of hate and are using their voices to change our communities.
Other speakers include U.S. Congressman Joe Cunningham, Mayor John Tecklenburg, Chief Luther Reynolds, Public Defender Ashley Pennington, South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson, South Carolina Representatives Nancy Mace, Peter McCoy Jr. and Marvin Pendarvis.
This is an exciting lineup of speakers that will provide solution-based ideas on how we can move our community forward, Tecklenburg said. The only way we can move towards equity across our communities is to have these meaningful discussions and make sure everyone has a seat at the table.
The Charleston Forum began 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.
EXCLUSIVE: On June 17, 2015, tragedy struck the nation when a white supremacist gunman took the lives of members of the Emanuel A.M.E. church. In the documentary Emanuel executive produced by Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Mariska Hargitay, director Brian Ivie shed light on the events and highlights the power of forgiveness.
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In the new trailer above, we see witnesses, survivors and family members affected by the events in the Charleston, SC share their stories. The documentary also examines how faith, hope and forgiveness healed a community after the church shooting. It also weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath
“The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness,” said Curry. “Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”
“We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss,” add Davis and Tennon. “Yet, miraculously, from this devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found courage to love in the face of hate.”
The documentary opens in theaters nationwide for a limited run through Fathom Events on June 17 and 19 only. The film was made in direct partnership with the City of Charleston and the families affected by the tragedy. The producers will donate their share of profits from the film to the survivors of the shooting and the families of the victims.