Trump and Alveda King

President Donald Trump hugs Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture, last year in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The Charleston County Republican Party and The Citadel Republican Society will hold their first-ever Black History Month event in an outreach that leaders hope will appeal to African-Americans and others not typically associated with the party.

“I believe our message should be heard by everybody,” said Charleston GOP Chairman Larry Kabrovsky. “Before you get people to listen, you have to show respect.”

The event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood St., and includes a VIP photo line, VIP reception and banquet dinner. Individual tickets are $65-$250; a table sponsorship is $1,500.

The evening will feature keynote speaker Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is an anti-abortion activist, former state representative from Georgia and founder of Alveda King Ministries.

King, a staunch Trump supporter, was recently nominated by the president to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.

The organization’s celebration of black history also will include recognition of several civic leaders. The Charleston GOP will honor Jim French, former publisher of The Charleston Chronicle newspaper; Eric Watson, chief deputy sheriff of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office; businesswoman Chardale R. Murray; North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess; video journalist Quintin Washington; and Charleston Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor.

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