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MLK Celebration Opens With 9 Worship Services
1/2/2013 1:47:53 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ChasSC- Nine worship services open the 41st Annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, January 13, featuring top clergy and civic officials, choirs and color guard units, praise dancers, award ceremonies and other tributes to the slain civil rights leader. The services are open to the public and expected to draw thousands of lowcountry supporters of Dr. King, leaders of civil and human rights groups and congregants of numerous religious faiths. The YWCA Greater Charleston sponsors the MLK Celebration. The 2013 overall theme is: “Working for the American Dream.”

 According to YWCA Executive Director Kathleen Rodgers, more than 100 volunteers are involved in planning the area worship services. “Our total MLK volunteer force amounts to well over 1,000 persons. They are a diverse representation of the community and their efforts are vitally important to YWCA year-round programs,” Rodgers said.

 “A Drive to Keep the Dream Alive” is the title of the 2013 effort to gather church and individual patron donors. Some 34 churches tri-countywide collected more than 1,000 individual patron contributors. The MLK Ecumenical Committee guides this overall effort chaired by Rev. Robert Capers of Salem Presbyterian and Bethel Presbyterian churches and co-chairs Father Dow Sanderson of the Church of the Holy Communion and Rev. Leonard Griffin of Morris Street Baptist Church.

 MLK Area Worship Services are outlined below. For more information call the YWCA at 843-722-1644 or visit:

   3:00 P.M. Edisto Island - Calvary AME Church - 8321 Pine Landing Rd. Presiding, Reverend Nathan Brown, Pastor, Calvary AME Church; Music by Calvary AME Church Choir, MLK Youth Choir, Edisto Island Mass Choir; Keynote speaker is Rev. Kenneth Hodges, Moderator of the Old Ashley Association.  

   3:30 P.M. Hollywood, Ravenel, Yonges Island - Bethel Baptist Church - 6506 Highway 162.Presiding, Rev. John H. Smith, Sr., Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church; Music by M.L. King Mass Choir;  Keynote speaker Rev. Robert J. Stokes, Pastor, Mt. Horr AME Church.   

   4:00 P.M. Goose Creek - Goose Creek United Methodist Church - 142 Redbank Rd. Presiding, Rodney Thompson, Superintendent Berkeley County School District; Honor Guards from Hanahan High School; Music by Doug Cunningham, Goose Creek United Methodist Church; Presentation of the Andrea Glover Matthews Award; Keynote speaker,  Honorable Michael Heitzler, Mayor, City of Goose Creek.

   4:00 P.M. West Ashley - Bibleway Baptist Church - 2019 Savage Rd. Presiding, Reverend Herbert Brown, Springfield Missionary Baptist Church; Music by West Ashley Area Mass Choir; Keynote speaker, Rev. Lawrence Bratton, Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church. 

   4:00 P.M. North Charleston - Bethel AME Church - 1900 Baker Street at Dakota. Presiding, Mrs. Ann McGill, WCSC – Live 5 News; Music by North Charleston Area Mass Choir, Royal Missionary Baptist Church Choir; Keynote speaker, Rev. Charles Murray, Minister, Royal Missionary Baptist Church.                                                                                                                                                      
   4:00 P.M. A Gathering of African-Americans & Jews - Synagogue Emanu-El  - 5 Windsor Drive. Presiding, Rabbi Adam J. Rosenbaum, Synagogue Emanu-El; Music by Charleston Jewish Choral Society & Koleinu, Morris Brown AME Church Choir; Keynote speaker Judge Richard Gergel.

   4:00 P.M. Johns, Wadmalaw, Seabrook Isls., Red Top - St. Stephen AME Church - 2840 Maybank Highway. Ceremonies Master, Mr. Frankie “The Big Bopper,” WMGL-FM Magic 107.3; Music by St. Stephen AME Church Choir; Keynote speaker, Rev. Frances Covington, Pastor, New tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church.                                                                                                                             

   5:00 P.M. James Island - St. James Presbyterian Church - 1314 Secessionville Rd. Mini Concert/Area Churches at 4:00 PM.; Presiding, Rev. Alex White, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church; Music by James Island Interfaith Adult Choir, Youth Choir; Keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Bernard J. Gadsden, Sr., Pastor, First Baptist Church of James Island.                                                                                                                                

   5:00 P.M. East Cooper - Greater Goodwill AME Church - 2818 Highway 17 N. Presiding, Rev. Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Greater Goodwill AME Church; Music by East Cooper Interdenominational Mass Choir; Keynote speaker, Rev. Rose Goodwater, Holy Trinity AME Church.





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