Mayor Riley to speak at Stand Against Racism Rally

Stand Against Racism Rally 2012. (Source:
Stand Against Racism Rally 2012. (Source:

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is scheduled to speak at a rally Friday to encourage the public to put an end to racism.

The 3rd Annual Stand Against Racism Rally will take place at the YWCA Greater Charleston, located at 106 Coming Street, at 3 p.m. The local rally is part of a national movement which involved 250,000 people from around the United States last year.

The purpose of Stand Against Racism is to build support for civil and human rights causes while promoting diversity.

In addition to an opening by Mayor Riley, other speakers include Loretta Graham, CEO of the state Girl Scouts Inc. at 3:30 p.m., and Dot Scott of the Charleston NAACP at 4 p.m.

The rally, which is free and open to the public, will also feature performances by musicians, singers, and poets.

At 4:30 p.m., those in attendance will form a human-chain along Calhoun Street between St. Philip and Coming streets.

For more information on the rally, click here.