From education to fun, this week has it all

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. King will be honored at multiple events around town.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve told you all about inexpensive educational opportunities and some events that may help you (and me) to follow through on some of your New Year’s resolutions.

In that same vein are some of the items for this week’s column, but there also are a few thrown in that fall into the “just for fun” column. So let’s dive in.

On Saturday, the CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, will present “1965: A Martin Luther King Jr., Reflection Tribute Performance.”

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the King-led march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., which ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year, this tribute will be a meaningful one and promises to bring the legendary civil rights leader’s legacy to life through music, imagery and narration.

There will be two performances, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road, in North Charleston. The performances are free and open to the public, though an entry ticket is required. Tickets can be picked up in person at the Cultural Arts Department Office at North Charleston City Hall, at the Charleston County Public Library and at Cathedral of Praise.

Freewill donations are encouraged and will go to support the community outreach efforts of the CSO Spiritual Ensemble and CSO Gospel Choir.

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Also in honor of King, the 43rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, sponsored by the YWCA Greater Charleston, will continue through Tuesday with several community-wide events.

Thursday: A panel discussion called “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement from the Black and Jewish Perspective” will be hosted by Brith Sholom Beth Israel. The panel, moderated by Medical University of South Carolina resident scholar J. Herman Blake, will include local educator Andrew HaLevi, retired history professor Millicent Brown, attorney and scholar Armand Derfner and history teacher Damon Lamar Fordham. 7 p.m. at 182 Rutledge Ave.

Sunday: Ecumenical Service featuring James Gadsden. Gadsden, a Charleston native, will receive the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award for lasting contributions to civil and human rights, presented by Rep. Jim Clyburn. 4 p.m. at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris St.

Monday: The annual MLK Holiday Parade, featuring Tommy Baker as grand marshal, will wind its way from Burke High School to Marion Square starting at 11 a.m. Following the parade will be a Youth Speakout and Poetry Slam. 12:30 p.m. at the College of Charleston Science Center Auditorium, 202 Calhoun St.

Tuesday: The 15th annual MLK Business and Professional Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp. 7:30 a.m. at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd. (Reservations are required and can be made through the YWCA at 722-1644 or

What’s more fun than playing tourist in your own town?

Fort Moultrie is offering everyone the chance to do just that, but with an added incentive: You don’t have to pay.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Fort Moultrie is waiving the normal $3 entrance fee to allow everyone interested in learning about the storied history a chance to spend a day strolling around the National Park site.

Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. The site is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more, call 883-3123 or go to

For the past few years, local singer-songwriter Tyler Boone has organized a benefit concert at the Music Farm for his birthday.

Dubbed Coast Records inaugural Winter Jam, a different nonprofit is chosen to benefit each year. This year’s choice is the American Cancer Society Charleston Chapter.

The show will feature performances by Boundless, Holy Smokes & the God Forsaken Rollers (Shannon Vogt), The Mobros, Chris Wilcox, Human Resources, Tom Mackell, See Water, The Dunder Chiefs, Luke Cunningham Band and Boone.

The Winter Jam will be Friday, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Music Farm is at 32 Ann St.

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To coincide with the “Wedding Ringer” hitting theaters on Friday, Wild Dunes Resort has partnered with Cinebarre to host a movie premiere launch event.

Free to attend with the cost of a movie ticket, the red-carpet reception will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., in Mount Pleasant, and will offer attendees the chance to sip complimentary champagne and snap photo booth pics before the movie with the resort’s new Best Man On-Call, Matt Marcino.

In line with the plot of the film, Wild Dunes Resort has announced a new wedding offering created for grooms seeking to hire the ultimate “Best Man” for their special day, from shagging on the dance floor to executing the ultimate toast.