The South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is encouraging its members, partners, and communities to watch the movie Burden and donate to help support the work of The Echo Project.

Since 1996, the residents of Laurens, a rural community located in the upstate region of South Carolina, have worked to close the Redneck Shop – a local retail store specializing in the distribution of Confederate memorabilia and Ku Klux Klan robes that served as a meeting place for Klansmen, Neo-Nazis, and other White supremacist organizations.

In 2017, after a series of legal battles that resulted in the store being closed, members of the Laurens’ community united and began to organize The Echo Project. Aimed at eliminating racism through education, activism, and community engagement, they purchased partial ownership of the building that housed the store and are working to create a theater and museum.  Recently, the activism of the Laurens’ community has been turned into a feature film starring Forrest Whittaker who plays Rev. David Kennedy, a local pastor and NAACP leader.

RIGHT NOW, The Echo Project needs your help! Currently, the building sits dilapidated and abandoned.  The Laurens’ community has come to far in its fight to eliminate racism and discrimination.  They have shown grace to the seemingly unforgivable, while standing defiant in the face of injustice. By DONATING, you tell them, “You are NOT alone!”

Mrs. Brenda C. Murphy, President
South Carolina State Conference NAACP

Here is a clip from the movie “Burden”.

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