The Charleston Forum, a racial advocacy group formed in the wake of the 2015 Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting, announced a $10,000 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support its ongoing effort to host a conversation on race and introduce solutions to improve the community.

The donation is part of Dominion’s commitment to support social justice and community rebuilding efforts, a press release this week said.

“We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina said. “We are proud to support The Charleston Forum as they work to continue the critical conversation surrounding social justice throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.”

The Charleston Forum converted their efforts to online programming featuring community leaders including U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and law enforcement and minority advocacy leaders. Discussions include the impacts of COVID-19 on Charleston communities and racial equity in the South.

“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.

The Charleston Forum is planning to follow up on its 2020 survey on perceptions of racial justice issues with a second survey this year seeking input on proposals to address problems identified by the community in last year’s.

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