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Charleston Area MLK Celebration Largest in the State
1/14/2015 3:48:30 PM

The 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, is one of Charleston’s largest and oldest events. The MLK celebration, sponsored by the YWCA Greater Charleston, predates Spoleto Festival USA, Cooper River Bridge Run, and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Following Dr. King’s April 4, 1968 assassination, the Charleston YWCA held one of the nation’s first MLK annual celebrations on January 15, 1972. Today, the Charleston area celebration is considered the largest MLK tribute in the state. “It is Dr. King’s legacy of social justice that gives our celebration durability, and attracts some 30,000 celebrants annually,“ said Kathleen Rodgers, YWCA Executive Director. One Vision, Once Voice for Many, is the 2015 MLK Celebration theme. Some MLK events will include the MLK Ecumenical Service, MLK Holiday Parade and Youth Speakout, and the MLK Business and Professional Breakfast.

According to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the 15th Annual MLK Business and Professional Breakfast will be the largest. Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald will keynote the 7: 30 a.m., Tuesday, January 20th event at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Boulevard. “700 top corporate and civic leaders typically attend this event honoring Dr. King’s legacy,” Riley said. “So far, 20 additional companies will attend the event as first-time breakfast sponsors, as overall civic and business support for the celebration continues to grow.”

Since 2000, Riley has served as honorary chairman of the MLK Breakfast, co-sponsored by the City of Charleston and the YWCA. At January’s event, the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Vision Award for model corporate citizenship will be presented for the first time. Riley award honorees will include Dr. Mary Thornley, Trident Technical College president, and posthumously, Dr. Ted Stern, College of Charleston president emeritus. For advance breakfast tickets and corporate-table sponsorships, call the YWCA at 843-722-1644 or visit:

Honorable James Gadsden, a Charleston native and former United States Ambassador, now Senior Counselor for International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, N.J., will keynote the MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service, 4 p.m., Sunday, January 18th at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris Street. Gadsden is a former member of Morris Street Baptist Church. He attended Charles A. Brown High School and later graduated from Harvard and Stanford universities.

At the church service, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn will introduce Gadsden and present him with the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award. Music at the service will be provided by the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church All-Male Intergenerational Choir and the Divine Strength Chamber Ensemble. 1,000 persons usually attend this event, free to the public.

Tommy Baker, CEO of Baker Motor Company, will be the grand marshal for the Monday, January 19th MLK Holiday Parade, including some 150 parade units. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Burke High School and proceeds to Ashley Ave., to Sumter St. to King St., and ends at Marion Square. A Youth Speak-out and Poetry Slam, free to the public, follows the parade at 12:30 p.m. at CofC Science Auditorium, 202 Calhoun Street. Cash prizes will go to poetry contest winners. To enroll in the parade or the poetry slam, contact YWCA 843-722-1644 or

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