NACWC, MOC Hold Informational Meeting To Discuss Clementa Pinckney Hate Crime Bill

July 28, 2022
an organizational and informational session to prepare to resubmit the “Clementa Pinckney Hate Crime Bill (House Bill 3620) an organizational and informational session to prepare to resubmit the “Clementa Pinckney Hate Crime Bill (House Bill 3620)

The Michelle Obama Club (MOC), an affiliate of the South Carolina Federation of Women and Youth Clubs (SCFWYC), Inc. and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC), needs your help as we work to help pass the South Carolina House Bill 3620, better known as the Clementa Pinckney Hate Crime Bill.

The NACWC was established over 125 years ago. Our mission is uplifting women, children, families, the home and the community through service, community education, scholarship assistance and the promotion of racial harmony among all people, so that those we serve are better able to take their proper and rightful place in society as citizens, community leaders, parents, and family members.
Our NACWC membership roster reads like a Who’s Who in African American history. It includes women like Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and Madame C.J. Walker, just to name a few. The NACWC is represented in all 50 states, including the South Carolina Federation of Women and Youth Clubs (SCFCWC), which was established in 1909. The Jasper County Chapter, (Michelle Obama Club), is the latest SC chapter to open, in February 2021. The local motto is the same as our state and national one: “Lifting as We Climb." All three organizations promote racial harmony among all people.

The purpose of this letter is to invite you to an organizational and informational session to prepare to resubmit the “Clementa Pinckney Hate Crime Bill (House Bill 3620),” which died at the end of the last legislative session. House Bill 3620 was named after the late senator and pastor who was killed along with eight other people during Bible study at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC in 2016 by a white supremacist. The bill was introduced and passed the House in 2021, but it did not pass the Senate and because of this, has died. This makes South Carolina one of only two states without a specific hate crime law.

The meeting will take place on August 20, 2022, at 11:30 AM at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Center, 3763 Bees Creek, Ridgeland, SC. This is less than a mile from Senator Pinckney’s childhood home. Representative Wendell Gilliard (D- Charleston), the initial sponsor of the bill, will be our guest speaker.

Due to the limited space, this is an invitation only event. As you are a member of a service organization (sorority, fraternity, NAACP, Colored Women’s Clubs, etc.), you and two of your guests are invited to attend this most important meeting. A hot lunch will be served. The attire is business casual. Please RSVP by August 10, 2022, via phone or email.

Please help Rep. Gilliard, the MOC and many other South Carolinians as we work to get the hate crime bill passed. It is paramount that we represent God Almighty and work for racial equality among all people.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. I know that together we will get this most important piece of legislation passed.

Sincerely,

Surenda Burrison,

President