2017 MLK Celebration booklet cover by Marcus Amaker
Gather together to help fulfill Dr. King's dream
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 MLK Business & Professional Breakfast! We'd love to see you there. The 600+ leaders and individuals who have attended in the past know this annual breakfast is a truly inspirational and empowering event. Order your ticket(s) by January 13 as tickets will not be available at the door. Details below!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 | Gather for area worship services across the Charleston tri-county region! Services will be held at places of worship in downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, North Charleston, Edisto Island, and western Charleston County: Hollywood, Ravenel, and Yonges Island. Free and open to the public. See times and addresses here.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JANUARY 13-14 | Representatives from 40 local community organizations will gather for a dynamic two-day training session to learn from a national leader in helping organizations understand and address racism. To learn more or join the waiting list for this event and future training sessions, contact us at 843.722.1644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 | Join hundreds of national and local community leaders at the ecumenical service at 4 PM at Morris Street Baptist Church. Noted civil rights activist Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. will be the keynote speaker. You'll also see award honoree Dot Scott, president of the Charleston branch of the NAACP, and enjoy music by the Royal Missionary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and The Divine Strength Chamber Ensemble. Free and open to the public.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16 | Join thousands to cheer on marchers led by parade marshal Chris Singleton, son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the Mother Emanuel Nine. The parade is free and open to the public, and will begin at 11 AM at Burke High School and finish at Marion Square. Or march in the parade yourself; call us at 843.722.1644 or register online by January 13! If you can't be there in person, enjoy the parade online as it's live-streamed by WCBD News 2.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16 | The parade will be immediately followed by this event at the corner of Coming and Calhoun Streets. It will include an open microphone and poetry slam, bringing together a diverse group of young people from across the Charleston region to creatively express their thoughts on the unfinished parts of Dr. King’s legacy. For details, contact Leroy Lewis at 843.442.1727 or email@example.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 | The MLK Business and Professional Breakfast is the capstone of the MLK Celebration. Held at 7:30 AM at The Gaillard, the event will feature Eugene Woods, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, as keynote speaker and Mayor John Tecklenburg as honorary chairman. Tickets are now on sale online or by phone at 843.722.1644 for $45 per person; be sure to reserve yours by January 13 as tickets will not be available at the door.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 | The top three Youth Speak Out awardees will present at the MLK Youth Forum immediately following the MLK Business and Professional Breakfast. Keynote speaker Eugene Woods will also talk with forum participants and answer their questions during this event.