Charleston 7in7



Join us in a conversation about promoting unity right here in our city! 

We, at Charleston Hope, have invited 7 local community leaders, from various industries, to come together and share their perspective on how we can take action in our every day lives to promote and encourage unity in our city. Each leader gets 7 minutes to share and they must start by finishing the thread "Our City Unites When...". We believe you will leave inspired & with practical steps to play a part in unifying our city.

In honor of the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we have made this event free and open to the public.


7in7 leaders



Chris Singleton is a professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization as well as an inspirational speaker who has been featured on ESPN’s E:60, Sports Illustrated magazine, and USA Today. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME church in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th 2015 by a racist white supremacist. Chris inspired his city and the nation by him forgiving the man who murdered his mother and stating that “Love is stronger than hate.” 



Since becoming mayor in 2016, Mayor Tecklenburg has been committed to improving citizens’ quality of life and making Charleston a city of opportunity for all. Mayor Tecklenburg has also led initiatives to address housing affordability and homelessness in Charleston. These have including the closing of Tent City, a sprawling homeless encampment that haddeveloped in our North Central neighborhood, and the formation of the Mayors’ Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, which works to develop a long-term regional approach to these challenges.



Known as a “media darling,” Tia is an award-winning former TV news anchor now multi-business owner, Governor’s Designee & State Commissioner for SC’s Minority Affairs. This SC Liberty Fellow Nominee & Pastor’s Wife, was honored to have October proclaimed as “Tia Brewer Day” in Charleston,SC. Tia recently launched her latest outreach, SC FaithWork, a community economic development initiative for SC & churches and faith-based organizations.

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Emily Kerr is the founder and Executive Director of the grassroots non-profit organization, Charleston Hope. What began as a small initative to provide hope during the Holiday season has turned into a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to improving school culture in Title 1 schools. She is a national Jefferson Award nominee and has founded two additional branches of Charleston Hope in Akron, Ohio and Clemson, South Carolina. She works directly with Title 1 schools to build on their strengths and has raised nearly one million dollars in support for Title 1 schools.



Brandon Bowers is the founding and lead Pastor of Awaken Church in Charleston, SC. Having started the church in 2013, Awaken is now a rapidly growing church with two locations and over ninety small groups in the Charleston area. He also founded and led the Charleston LOVE Week initiative that mobilized over 2,500 community members to serve local non-profits around our city. 



Tamika “Mika” Gadsden is Charleston area activist and host of the unapologetic podcast, Mic’d Up. Mika uses her voice to call attention injustice, both past and present, and to hold Charleston to account for its treatment of Gullah, Indigenous and Latinx communities. As the lead organizer of the Charleston Activist Network, she hopes to create a platform where the voices of the marginalized can be lifted up and be recognized.

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A 2008 graduate of Leadership Charleston, John continued his civic involvement and served as Chairman of the Charleston Young Professionals group and board member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for 2 1⁄2 years. John is a past chairman of the Roper Foundation Fellows Program, served the past 3 years on the Board of Directors of The Education Foundation, and on the Board of the Charleston International Film Festival. He also founded The Harbor Entrepreneur Center which is a non-profit initiative dedicated to creating collision among entrepreneurs.


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Philip is a native of Charleston, SC and received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He began his seminary training at Westminster Seminary, and will complete his Master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Philip is the Executive Director of 1Charleston and also served in the Marine Corps for 6 years. In 2012 Philip married a gracious and loving woman, Jenetta Pinckney. They have a wonderful son named Ezra. In his free time you can catch Philip wrestling with his son or laughing loudly with friends.


So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.



October 30, 2018 | 7-8 PM

Sottile Theatre  |  44 George Street, Charleston SC

Lobby Doors Open 6 pm |  Theatre Doors Open 6:30 pm

General Admission | No Refunds



Charleston Hope

Charleston Hope enhances school culture in low-resourced Title 1 schools by building on the strengths of students, teachers and leaders. 



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