KJ Kearney

KJ Kearney is a native of North Charleston, SC, a proud graduate of South Carolina State University, and the founder of Red Rice Day. Declared via a proclamation signed by Mayor John Tecklenburg for September 29, 2018, Red Rice Day acknowledges the benefits that the brutal transatlantic slave trade brought to Charleston, such as the expert rice cultivation practiced by enslaved West Africans from the so-called "Rice Coast," which stretches from Senegal to present-day Sierra Leone.

KJ is a featured speaker, moderator, host, or panelist. He's worked with a number of organizations including Creative Mornings Charleston, SURJ (Standing Up For Racial Justice), the Charleston Democratic Party, SXSW (South by SouthWest), and the Columbia Museum of Art. An expert in Community Outreach, KJ has worked in that capacity for the International African American Museum and now as the Lowcountry Regional Field Director for the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

For Black History Month, KJ created a Google Maps list of 79 Black owned restaurants and bars in the Charleston Metro Area. As of this time it has been followed by 550 people, viewed over 5100 times, and was covered by both the Charleston City Paper and Holy City Sinner.