The mission of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council is to promote harmony, mutual respect and justice through dialogue, education, programs and resources. In doing so, we hope to foster an atmosphere of collaboration, unity and transparency among our very diverse population.
The Greater Columbia Community Relations Council will be the primary arena for exploring, in a positive forum, issues that divide our community with the purpose of improving the quality of life for all.
Our goal is to serve in an advisory capacity to leaders and officials from the faith, education, business, neighborhoods, media, law enforcement, local government and supporting agencies. We believe that honest dialogue and active participation will lead to understanding, acceptance, mutual respect and eventually inclusion for everyone.
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Executive Director's Message
The Greater Columbia Community Relations Council was founded on the belief that for harmony to truly exist within our diverse communities, we must be able to set aside our biases, mutually respect one another and then work together in transparency for a shared prosperity. Fifty visionary leaders of the time including Columbia Mayor Lester Bates, then City Councilman Hyman Rubin, USC President Thomas Jones, Attorney Lincoln C. Jenkins, Educator Milton Kimpson and Community Leader James Hinton came together in 1964 to formulate a plan of action that would both address and mitigate racial tensions while at the same time facilitate the process of peaceful desegregation in the City of Columbia and eventually throughout South Carolina.
Today the council serves to advocate, mediate and educate on behalf of all of the many citizens of our diverse communities so that everyone is included in the public policies that shape our region.
Join us as we continue the work necessary to build “One Columbia”, diverse, inclusive, enterprising and unified.
James McQuilla, Executive Director