Rev. Stacey Mills has reached for three things as he’s gone to walk his dog, the leash, doggie bags and his driver’s license — just in case he needs to justify why he, a Black man, is walking around his predominantly white neighborhood near downtown.
‘It was being dialed in to what other men were experiencing in other parts of our country that suggested to me that I needed to take care and be cautious,” Mills said.
Now, he intends for his work with the Greenville Racial Equity and Economic Mobility commission to change that.
Co-chaired by TD Bank South Carolina market president David Lominack and Ogletree Deakins attorney Merl Code, REEM’s goal is to bring together local leaders from various backgrounds to address racial inequities, social justice and disparities in key areas that negatively impact the Black community in Greenville County.
“There has not been somebody hired to get up every day to do this work, and I’m certainly not riding in on a stallion to say, ‘We’re going to solve it all,'” Mills said. “But we are making the right steps in the right direction to make a difference.”
REEM commission in Greenville addresses criminal justice, education
The United Way of Greenville County, the Urban League of the Upstate and the Greenville Chamber launched REEM in 2020. The organizations came together to address “race-based gaps” locally, spurred by the national conversation on race relations that was amplified by the pandemic, according to the United Way.
Using more than 500 collective hours of research and data analysis, the commission released recommendations on June 22 for five focus areas:
- Income and wealth
- Criminal justice
- Health and wellness
- Education and wor
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