MLK parade

Ja'Tell Ravenel at a previous Martin Luther King Jr. parade. This year's MLK parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday at Burke High School in downtown Charleston.

The YWCA of Greater Charleston will continue its celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. Monday. More than 100 churches, civic groups, businesses, community organizations and regional marching bands will depart from Burke High School, travel along Sumter Street to King Street and down King to Marion Square, turning onto Calhoun Street to pass Mother Emanuel AME Church. This year’s parade marshal will be Chris Singleton, son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who was one of the nine parishioners killed at Emanuel in June 2015. Singleton made a tremendous impact on communities near and far when, on the day after his mother’s death, he told a crowd that “Love is always stronger than hate.”

Immediately following the parade, at approximately 12:30 p.m., there will be a youth speak-out at the College of Charleston’s Science Center Auditorium. This open mic poetry slam will feature known local poets and the first 15 additional applicants will be able to compete for monetary awards and an opportunity to perform at a private youth forum the next day. Poetry slams are designed for participatory crowd responses to the performances and content and are integral to the judging process.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Jan. 16 (parade); approximately 12:30 p.m. youth speak-out

WHERE: Burke High School, 244 President St., downtown Charleston to Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. (parade); College of Charleston’s Science Center Auditorium, Coming and Calhoun streets, downtown Charleston (youth speak-out)


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