City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council

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The City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council promotes respect, appreciation and understanding of diversity among all people in our community by promoting positive human relations and reducing discrimination, and assessing and responding to the human relations needs of our community, as well as serving as a source of information and advocating and recognizing change to achieve our mission.  The Human Relations Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and No Room for Racism Committee were combined to form this Council on March 10, 2014.

Membership:        
Fifteen members appointed by City Council  Members must reside within the Rock Hill School District Three boundaries.

Terms:        
3 years

Responsibilities:    

  • Initiate opportunities to work cooperatively with elected officials; civic, business, and community leaders; and other interested citizen groups to develop and promote a greater awareness in our community of the principles of diversity, racial harmony, social justice and nonviolence.
  • To provide a forum wherein the concerns, issues and situations which hold the portent for the actuality of racial divisiveness among the citizens of Rock Hill shall be heard, discussed, studied, investigated and considered in order to enhance understanding.
  • Attend Committee sponsored functions.

Commitment:        
The Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at City Hall, 155 Johnston St.  
            
Staff Liaison:  

Andy Blankenship, Human Resources, 803-329-8714

Member Position Term
Shelby N. Patterson
Chair 10/08/14-10/08/18
Ellen Wilder-Byrd
Vice-Chair  10/08/14-03/10/20
Willie Johnson Secretary  03/10/16-03/10/18  
Gemeta Anderson   03/10/16-03/10/18   
Dr. Sylvia Berry
  03/10/14-03/10/20
Carlo Dawson   03/10/16-03/10/19   
Robert Karkoski
 
03/10/14-03/10/18
Lawrence Lewis   03/10/17-03/10/19  
Rachel Lillibridge

03/10/14-03/10/18
Bethany Marlowe   04/11/16-03/10/20

David "Kirk" McSwain
  03/10/17-03/10/19

Shekinah Miller
  03/10/17-03/10/19 
Mary "Summersby" Okey-Hamrick   03/10/17-03/10/19  
Isaiah Venning
  03/10/14-03/10/19
Ella Wells   03/10/16-03/10/19