Local Teen Civil Rights Activist Speaks on Unity Throughout Charleston

City of Charleston Mayor and Ke’Von Singleton

Ke’Von Singleton is a senior at First Baptist School and a local filmmaker that speaks on unity throughout Charleston. Singleton has become a known name around local officials.

Singleton has spoken around the Charleston area, starting at the YWCA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professionals Breakfast. He quoted Dr. King with saying “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

In June 2018, the budding filmmaker took home second place at the National History Day competition with his documentary centered around Dr. King and the compromise between the city of Atlanta and the Coca-Cola company entitled “Atlanta: The City Too Busy To Hate.”

The documentary was showcased at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. After the speech at the MLK Breakfast, Ke’Von was given the opportunity to speak at the Inaugural Black History Banquet sponsored by the Charleston County Republican Party.

Ke’Von quoted Theodore Bikel and said, “No doubt, unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed by mere declarations.”

Ke’Von was recently invited to attend the City Council Meeting by Mayor Tecklenburg, where Ke’Von said, “We all can agree that right now the U.S is in a great deal of controversy. Why can’t Charleston be the catalyst for change? Let’s show the U.S what unity actually is.”


  1. Tony L Hill on March 1, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Kevin This is your Uncle Tony L Hill, I’m Very proud of you and all of your accomplishments and the road that you are traveling, you’re a young Roll model that any young man and some older man would be greatly impressed with your words, As a leader in our Church that we attended together you’re the there also, In closing keep up the good work, and also remember, We can do all things though Christ that strengthens us….HAVE A BLESS DAY DEA.T L. HILL

  2. Michelle on March 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Super proud of you KeVon keep on soaring.

  3. Santonia on March 2, 2019 at 6:24 am


    I remember at 2 yrs old you standing on the step of the fireplace preaching to us about how good God is! You have a message and with God you will let the world know that love is the key to Unity. I am so proud of you and all of your achievements. Remember our family Motto:
    God First
    Family Second
    Education Third


  4. Carolyn Blake on March 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Love it. Blessings young man.

  5. Aimee Ginsburg Bikel on March 6, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Ke’von, my husband Theodore Bikel would have been immensely proud of the work you are doing, and happy that you found it right to quote him. He, like you, spoke often about the dangers of good people remaining silent in the face of injustice, and encouraged everyone to find their voice and to use it in every way possible in the pursuit of equality, dignity, mutual respect, peace, and justice for all. Bless you, keep up the good work, and thank you so much for all you do! Warmly, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel [email protected]

  6. Joan Eisenstodt on June 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Your humility becomes you, Ke’Von. Your parents, who I had the honor of meeting, are remarkable and deserve so much credit for helping you grow as do your teachers. You have learned to be you by taking different chances and hearing about them means even more now. You talked the other night about all your speaking and until I did some searches, I had no idea of the breadth. You and Malik are each and both remarkable. I am privileged to know you and will watch you both take charge of the world. We are better because you are in it.

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