City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council

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The City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council promotes respect, appreciation and understanding of diversity among all people in our community by promoting positive human relations and reducing discrimination, and assessing and responding to the human relations needs of our community, as well as serving as a source of information and advocating and recognizing change to achieve our mission.  The Human Relations Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and No Room for Racism Committee were combined to form this Council on March 10, 2014.

Fifteen members appointed by City Council  Members must reside within the Rock Hill School District Three boundaries.

3 years


  • Initiate opportunities to work cooperatively with elected officials; civic, business, and community leaders; and other interested citizen groups to develop and promote a greater awareness in our community of the principles of diversity, racial harmony, social justice and nonviolence.
  • To provide a forum wherein the concerns, issues and situations which hold the portent for the actuality of racial divisiveness among the citizens of Rock Hill shall be heard, discussed, studied, investigated and considered in order to enhance understanding.
  • Attend Committee sponsored functions.

The Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at City Hall, 155 Johnston St.  
Staff Liaison:  

Andy Blankenship, Human Resources, 803-329-8714

Member Position Term
Ellen Wilder-Byrd
Chair  03/10/14-03/10/20
Carlo Dawson Vice-Chair 03/10/16-03/10/19  
Shekinah Miller Secretary 03/10/17-03/10/19  
Gemeta Anderson   03/10/16-03/10/21  
Dr. Sylvia Berry
Natasha Jones   03/10/18-03/10/21  
Robert Karkoski
Lawrence Lewis   03/10/17-03/10/19  
Rachel Lillibridge

Bethany Marlowe   04/11/16-03/10/20

David "Kirk" McSwain

Mary "Summersby" Okey-Hamrick   03/10/17-03/10/19  
Isaiah Venning
Cynthia Ware   10/09/17-10/08/20  
Ella Wells   03/10/16-03/10/19