The Charleston Forum will hold the first discussion of its 2021 event series June 22, a virtual panel addressing challenges and possible improvements in public education.

Results from the group’s annual survey will also be released next week, focusing on policy issues around policing and criminal justice, economics and other social justice issues.

“In our survey last year, The Charleston Forum demonstrated that the overwhelming majority of tri-county residents share the same goals in our topic areas, including education, policing and criminal justice,” said Charleston Forum CEO Brian Duffy. “With the new survey results and discussion this year, we will demonstrate which policies the community thinks will help us best achieve those goals.”

In 2020, the Forum hosted Stacey Abrams for a virtual discussion

The Forum was created in 2016, a year after the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting, when a white supremacist targeted the historic Black church’s congregation, attempting to start a race war.

Today, the group convenes political, business, religious and education leaders in various forms to discuss race and issues related to systemic inequality.

The virtual event starts at 11:30 a.m. June 22, and is free and open to the public. Registration is open at