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True South Charleston: Disrupting the Cycle of Housing Displacement & Gentrification


Join us for a conversation on the changing nature of Charleston and the need to protect Black families and communities from further displacement. We’ll explore the economic drivers leading to current displacement and identify policies and investments needed for communities to thrive.



We’ll begin by hearing from our panelists about their experiences and then engage in small group discussions to identify necessary interventions and how they can produce better outcomes.


This dialogue will inform MDC’s next State of the South Report to help us understand how this trend impacts southern communities.


  • Richard Habersham, Phillips Community Association President

  • Nashonda Hunter, Executive Director, The Charity Foundation

  • Bernie Mazyck, Founder/President/CEO, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development

Opening and Closing Poetry by Marcus Amaker:

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate. He is also an opera librettist, electronic musician, and an award-winning graphic designer. He’s an Academy of American Poets fellow, and his poetry has been recognized by NPR, The Washington Post, The Kennedy Center, and more. His tenth book is “Hold What Makes You Whole”, from Free Verse Press. He is currently writing an opera with Gillian Rae Perry as part of Chicago Opera Theater’s Vanguard Initiative.


Partnering Organizations:

  • Charleston Area Justice Ministries

  • Duke Social Science Research Institute

  • Lowcountry Action Committee

  • South Arts

  • South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development

  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina


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