Columbia Mayoral Candidate Sam Johnson will host Columbia NAACP President Oveta Glover, local attorney and City Council candidate Tina Herbert, CBS Contributor Antjuan Seawright and former SC State Representative and CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers for a virtual town hall on “Race, Justice and the Future” this evening at 6:30pm.
While addressing issues like Columbia’s gun violence crisis and the continuing need for justice reform as illustrated in the deaths of Andrew Brown Jr., the 42-year-old black man fatally shot by deputies in Elizabeth City, NC, and Jamal Sutherland, the mentally ill black man who died after being tasered repeatedly at the Charleston County jail, Tuesday’s event will also take on challenges from minority business investment to closing the racial healthcare gap in Columbia.
To date, Johnson is the only candidate to address these issues releasing his bold public safety proposal, Our Columbia: Safe and Just, as well as calling on Council to hire and empower a Chief Health Officer, a move supported by local healthcare and government leaders.
“Columbia Can’t Wait: Race, Justice and the Future” will take place on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30pm. The event will be streamed live via Facebook. Everyone is invited to watch the conversation or participate HERE.