Unity and Peace Rally: At 5 p.m., the rally will kick off in the Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston followed by a candlelit vigil march to the Avery Research Center. Afterward, there will be a dialogue between Camille Akeju, director, Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, and Michael Allen, community partnership specialist, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, starting at 6 p.m. at the Avery Center, 125 Bull St.


Musical concert: "His Light Still Shines: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." will take place at 7 p.m. at Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Ave., North Charleston. Tickets are required for entry and are available in person at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at City Hall or Royal Missionary Baptist Church. Limit: 4 tickets per request.

Gathering: The 3rd Annual From Boyz to Gentlemen: Raising Successful Sons in the 21st Century will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the West Ashley High School Auditorium, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd.


Tri-County Ecumenical Service: The service starts at 4 p.m. at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris St. Keynote Speaker: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn. The Harvey Gantt Triumph Award will be presented posthumously to the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy will accept the award for his father.


MLK Holiday Parade: Starts at 11 a.m. at Burke High School, 244 President St. in Charleston. Parade route: East on Fishburne, north on Ashley, east on Sumter, south on King, east on Calhoun streets.

College of Charleston: Students, faculty and staff will participate in the MLK Day of Service. Participants will meet in Cougar Mall at 8 a.m. Registration required. Contact John Bello-Ogunu at or visit

MLK Day Build: Sea Island Habitat marks its ninth annual Martin Luther King Day Build, when 50 volunteers and staff members frame a three-bedroom house on James Island for a low-income working family. Visit or call 768-0998.

Youth Speak Out: Youths gather at the YWCA for a discussion about King and civil rights against the backdrop of current events at 12:30 p.m.; 106 Coming St.


Professional Breakfast: The MLK Business & Professional Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall at the Gaillard Auditorium. Keynote Speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson. Tickets $30. 722-1644.

Jan. 18

College of Charleston: Civil rights activist Bob Zellner will present "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement" at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom. Zellner will tell the story of his journey from son and grandson of Klansmen to field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Jan. 21

Call to Action: A Gospel Concert Raising Awareness and Action starts at 5 p.m. at Royal Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Ave., North Charleston.