CHARLESTON, S.C.—Conversations about race and history are never comfortable, but they are necessary for a society to learn, grow and improve.

With that in mind, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney and Charleston native Henry Smythe will take part in the next “Living Your Truth” conversation, presented by The Sophia Institute’s Social Justice, Racial Equality Collaborative. Mr. Smythe will be joined by Judge Arthur McFarland, and the two speakers will share their personal experiences with civil rights and race relations in Charleston and South Carolina. Rev. Joseph A. Darby, First Vice President of the Charleston Branch NAACP and Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the AME Church, will moderate the discussion.

The event takes place from 6-8 pm. Tuesday, March 20 at Mount Zion AME Church. This is the fifth “Living Your Truth” conversation to take place in the past year. The events are free and open to the public.

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About the Speakers

Judge Arthur C. McFarland is a graduate of Bishop England High School. In 1970, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Notre Dame University and in 1973, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the State, Federal and U.S. Supreme Courts. Judge McFarland was appointed Associate Judge of the Municipal Court for the City of Charleston in 1976. From 1978 to his retirement from the bench in December 2009, he held the post of Chief Municipal Judge. Judge McFarland continues in the private practice of law in Charleston.

In his 40 years as a trial lawyer, Henry B. Smythe, Jr., has represented major US manufacturers that make and sell products people all over the world use and consume every day. He provides veteran counsel to clients of all sizes and with varying business litigation matters. A Charleston City Council member in the mid-1990s, he has served the boards of the Coastal Community Foundation, Spoleto Festival, USA, Hospice of Charleston, Inc., and the College of Charleston Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International African American Museum and the Saul Alexander Foundation.