KJ Kearney

A 2015 recipient of the Summerville Councilmen’s Award for his work in the community, KJ has served as a basketball coach for elementary school students on the East side of the Charleston Peninsula, a substitute teacher, a teacher’s assistant for an alternative behavior middle school, and as a columnist for the Charleston City Paper where he routinely wrote about economic disparity, race inequality, social injustices, and hip-hop culture. As a public speaker he’s been a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston and Johnson C. Smith, a panelist at South by Southwest, and a presenter at Creative Mornings Charleston.

He established H1GHER LEARNING, a non-profit organization that plans on using hip-hop culture to teach life skills to at-risk students and is the founder of Charleston Sticks Together, a self described “campaign for positivity” that creates hip-hop themed events like #theRIHstock for Puma and the most comfortable party in Charleston, the Fake Race. He’s also had the pleasure of consulting with brands like premium shoe store Sneaker and the Charleston Riverdogs, helping them expand the reach of their respective brands to underserved consumers. Which is, in part, why KJ was named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive people this year.

KJ hopes to take all these cool experiences to him to Columbia, as he is the Democratic nominee for South Carolina House of Representatives District 15.

Twitter & Instagram: @h1gher