Kevin Singleton is not only the founder of Passion to Forgive, an organization dedicated empowering youth to reach their full potential by providing educational programming and resources to underserved youth and their families, he’s also a son. Kevin is the son of Myra Singleton-Thompson; one of the 9 victims of the tragedy at the Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. Instead of allowing hate and divisiveness to take hold, Kevin went another route; the route of forgiveness as well as utilizing the terrible events of that day as a helpful tool for the youth in and around Charleston. Unity has taken hold and now there are numerous fundraisers being held to support his many great goals and objectives of the organization.
As Kevin has stated, “My mother’s passion for education and helping others is the driving force behind Passion to Forgive. Her determination to succeed and be active in the community is the model we would like to continue to follow,” this is clear in his endeavors within the community. The outreach being provided is phenomenal. In addition to the many fundraisers, Kevin has also established the Myra Singleton-Thompson Scholarship, which was created for teen moms to continue their collegiate education or trade despite the difficulties of single parenthood.
Just last week, Passion to Forgive held the Passion to Forgive Cocktail Hour Fundraiser at 5 Faber St. The goal was simple – to award as many $5,000 and $2,500 scholarships to young mothers as possible. The event was a complete success and just another example of how Kevin’s community outreach is making the positive impact so badly needed in the face of such hate. It’s truly remarkable that the man which murdered innocent people in hopes of creating a racial divide has only succeeded in bringing the community within Charleston closer than ever before and giving young single mothers the ability to follow their dreams.