On March 19, 2016, CWHC Executive Director Brittany Lavelle Tulla and CWHC Vice Board Chair Ruthie Ravenel joined three-dozen members of Congress on the 2016 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage during its stop in Charleston. The CHWC contingency used this time to connect with South Carolina and national political leaders to introduce Charleston’s World Heritage project and lobby for its mission.
Each year, members of Congress congregate for an annual bipartisan pilgrimage hosted by the Faith and Politics Institute to learn the role southern states played in the civil rights movement. As stated by the Institute, the intent is to bring “members of Congress together in a spirit of openness, honesty and reconciliation across lines of race, religion and political party for the purpose of working together in service of our nation and the world.” This year, the congregation visited three cities in South Carolina: Columbia, Orangeburg and Charleston. The event was co-hosted by U.S. House of Representatives Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and Civil Rights movement icon U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA).
The day’s events included a talk on Charleston Civil Rights leader Septima Clark, the Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike of 1969 and the development of the Gullah Geechee culture. The cornerstone of the day was hearing from the families, survivors and first responders of the June 17th, 2015 shooting of nine citizens at the Mother Emanuel AME Church.
CWHC was honored to walk alongside members Congress and engage in this important conversation on the history of race relations in Charleston, SC.
To learn more about the South Carolina Congressional Pilgrimage or the Faith and Politics Institute, visit: http://faithandpolitics.org.
Brittany Lavelle Tulla, Congressman James E. Clyburn and Ruthie Ravenel
at the Congressional Pilgrimage’s evening reception in Charleston, SC (3/19/2016)