Charleston MLK celebration includes former ambassador
The YWCA Greater Charleston has announced the schedule for the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Let Freedom Ring" Celebration.
The celebration starts Sunday with King-themed worship services in nine area churches and continues with a panel discussion, parade, youth speak out and business and professional breakfast.
Jan. 12 Worship services and speakers
Edisto Island - 3 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2779 Highway 174 with Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corp. CEO Tumiko Rucker.
Worship services and speakers
Yonges Island, Hollywood, Ravenel - 3:30 p.m. at St.. Paul United Methodist Church at 6567 Caddin Road with the Rev. Charles Linen of Faith Walk Ministries.
A Gathering of African-Americans And Jews - 4 p.m. at Synagogue Emanu-El at 5 Windsor Drive with State Sen. Marlon Kimpson
North Charleston - 4 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 4428 Piggly Wiggly Drive with the Rev. Dr. Nelson B. Rivers III of Charity Missionary Baptist Church.
Goose Creek - 4 p.m. at Calvary Church of God in Christ at 302 Jeff Circle with State Rep. Wendell Gilliard.
West Ashley - 4 p.m. at Bibleway Baptist Church at 2019 Savage Road with the Rev. Marvin Paisley of Graham AME Church.
Johns, Wadmalaw and Kiawah Islands - 4 p.m. at Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 670 Bear Swamp Road with the Rev. Leonard O. Griffin of Morris Street Baptist Church.
James Island - 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of James Island at 1110 Camp Road with the Rev. Myra Meggett of Greater Bethel AME Church.
East Cooper - 5 p.m. at Garden of Prayer Pentecostal Holiness Church at 2537 Highway 17 N. with the Rev. Reginald E. Jacobs of Friendship AME Church.
Jan. 16 Panel Discussion, "Remembering the Civil Rights Movement from the Black and Jewish Perspective"
7 p.m. at Brith Sholom Beth Israel at 182 Rutledge Ave. Moderator Jill HaLevi and panelists Millicent Brown, Armand Derfner, Gerald Kaynard, Lucille S. Whipper and the Rev. McKinley Washington Jr.
Panel Discussion, "Remembering the Civil Rights Movement from the Black and Jewish Perspective"
Jan. 19 MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service
4 p.m. at Morris Street Baptist Church at 25 Morris St. Suzan Johnson Cook, former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, is the keynote speaker. Retired circuit judge Richard E. Fields, Judge will receive the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and Democratic Party leader Clay N. Middleton are also on the program. Charleston Southern University Gospel Choir and Divine Strength Chamber Ensemble will perform. A 3 p.m. reception at the church will honor Cook and Fields; contact the YWCA for advance reservations.
MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service
Jan. 20 MLK Holiday Parade
Leaves at 11 a.m. from Burke High School, proceeds east to Ashley Avenue, north to Sumter Street, east to King Street and ends at Marion Square. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company "I," is the parade marshal.
MLK Holiday Parade
12:30 p.m. - Youth Speak Out at C of C Physicians Auditorium at 72 George St.
Jan. 21 MLK Business & Professional Breakfast
7:30 a.m. at the Charleston Marriott Riverview Hotel at 170 Lockwood Drive. The keynote speaker is Michael B. Moore, chairman of Glory Foods in Columbus, Ohio. Contact the YWCA for advance reservations for corporate tables and individual tickets.
MLK Business & Professional Breakfast