Imagine South Carolina


A groundbreaking initiative in finding common ground on issues in which race as been a stumbling block to progress

Imagine South Carolina an ongoing initiative to create more meaningful dialogue and progress on issues in which race is a barrier to progress anywhere in our state.

Imagine SC was launched in 1996 with a series of three every-other-year Citizens Summits on Race & Community to identify opportunities for addressing community challenges in which race is a factor, work with local leaders committed to addressing these problems, and implement community-based strategies that would lead to finding common ground.

Summit participants included political leaders like the Governor, Attorney General, and U.S. Senator, as well as civic leaders, small business owners, housewives, CEOs, community activists, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the NAACP, students, and farmers. One town sent its entire police force.

The Summits produced dozens of programs, trainings, and supportive activities that participants told us they needed to implement meaningful strategies for addressing matters of race. Over the past eleven years the Summits have inspired as many as 125 local initiatives in these areas.

The Palmetto Project is always available to work with local governments and community groups to explore program options to addressing issues in which race is a factor.

  • A majority of African Americans in South Carolina say they are aware of the Palmetto Project, and more than 90% of those say they approve of its work
  • The American Society of Association Executives gave its first “Advance America” Award to the Palmetto Project in recognition of its ground breaking work in race relations
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