Many community factors this year have stimulated dialogues around race, cultures, and diversity on the Island. We are producing a weekend of inclusivity anchored in music and curated conversations to progress these dialogues. The goal of this weekend is to bring people of all races and cultures together to participate with each other, enjoy the concerts, and leave the symposium with a new understanding of each other and what an individual can do to further the the transformation of the island.
Join us for an amazing Community Concert Friday, April 24, at 7:00pm or Sunday, April 26, at 4:00 pm. A community choir and local soloists will perform contemporary gospel, American Standards, and more with audience sing-alongs, and comedy. Co-producers of this musical extravaganza, Scott Gibbs and Terry Herron, call this a “Mega DIVERSITY & UNITY event for Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort County” and say that “it’s a musical experience that will uplift, strike a nerve, fill up your senses, rock your boat, make you laugh, make you cry, and give you the urge to sing, sway and clap your hands all at the same time!” A fun-filled program for all ages! Tickets are only $20. Register at https://comingtogetherhhi.eventbrite.com.
Saturday, April 25, “Courageous Conversation: Embrace the Past, Unify the Present, Transform the Future” is a symposium of speakers and small-group conversations that will explore the history, the present day, and the future of race relations in the Lowcountry. Lunch will be provided. Dr. Roselle Wilson will convey the impact of the year 1619, when enslavement of Africans first began, and Ahmad Ward, Executive Director of the Mitchelville Preservation Project will talk about the environment within the community of Hilton Head today. Our keynote speaker will be Rep. James Clyburn, Majority Whip, U. S. House of Representatives. Lunch will be provided by the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club. Our small-group conversations will be led by table leaders from multiple cultures. The groups are designed to bring together people of different races and cultures to provide a safe place to talk openly about ways to promote a more open and inclusive community and create transformational outcomes. Admission is free; a free-will offering is requested. Pre-registration is required.