Charleston MLK celebration includes former ambassador

Johnson Cook

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.

Edisto Island - 3 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2779 Highway 174 with Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corp. CEO Tumiko Rucker.

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.

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.

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.

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.

12:30 p.m. - Youth Speak Out at C of C Physicians Auditorium at 72 George St.

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.