This film is an inspiring story of a white, Irish Catholic man in the American south who provided guidance and compassion to his community for an incredible 40 year period as the mayor of Charleston, South Carolina.
Entering office just as the Civil Rights movement was taking off in South Carolina, Joseph P. Riley Jr., a Democrat, became America’s Mayor and proved that the only real social change comes from the ground up. As American politics charged down the path of divisiveness, Mayor Riley sought inclusion and worked to improve his city in every way.
On June 17, 2015, in the final quarter of his last term in office, he faced “his worst nightmare”: the tragic massacre of nine African Americans by a young, white supremacist, in the oldest African Methodist Episcopalian church in America.
The Mayor will be airing on local PBS stations nationally. Check here for future dates, times and stations.