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'Welcome Table' project coming to Camden
Inspired by the late John Raineys dream of racial reconciliation
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Bud Ferillo - photo by C-I file photo
Before he passed away in March 2015, the late John Rainey was still working on his dream of racial reconciliation in South Carolina with a focus on Camden. Six months after his death, South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) aired a documentary for which Rainey served as executive producer called “A Seat at the Table: Pathways to Reconciliation.” It featured interviews with, among others, S.C. Congressman James Clyburn, a graduate of Camden’s Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy; former S.C. Secretary of Education Dick Riley; historian Dr. Millicent Brown, businesswoman Darla Moore; and “Corridor of Shame” producer and Rainey friend Charles Traynor “Bud” Ferillo Jr. During Camden City Council’s July 11 meeting, Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford announced that Ferillo was in the process of forwarding a memorandum of agreement to bring “The Welcome Table SC,” a program of the University of South Carolina’s (USC) S.C. Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation (SCCRR).

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