Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the birth (Jan. 15), life and achievements of the civil rights leader.
Numerous events have been scheduled to honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has a street sign marking the neighborhood around Spring and Cannon streets as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial District and a memorial in Liberty Square in the works.
‘Songs of Freedom’
Uned!ted, a local progressive arts and education movement, will present “Songs of Freedom: A Library Sit-In” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Local artists and students will stage a “library concert sit-in,” performing all civil rights-era music from Credence Clearwater Revival to Marvin Gaye. The show also will feature Lowcountry Gospel and Gullah traditions.
Performers include Laura Ball, Hazel Ketchum, Ann Caldwell, Lindsay Holler and students from Charleston Collegiate School on Johns Island.
The show will be performed at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Tickets are $20, with $10 student rush tickets available at 6 p.m. with a valid and current student ID.
‘Little Light of Mine’
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble, in collaboration with the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, will perform an inspirational concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Titled “This Little Light of Mine,” the show acts as a tribute to the life and legacy of King and promises to bring “his legacy to life through music, imagery and narration.”
The tribute is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets (limit four) can be picked up at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane, or at Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Ave., North Charleston. The event is at the church.
Call 991-1035, 740-5854 or go to csogospel.com.
MLK Holiday Parade
A popular event is the annual parade through downtown Charleston, co-sponsored by the city of Charleston and YWCA.
Featuring marching bands, civic leaders, church groups and business owners, the parade from Burke High School to Marion Square is all about celebrating the life and accomplishments of the civil rights advocate.
Dr. Nancy McGinley, superintendent of the Charleston County School District, will act as parade marshal.
The parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Monday, will proceed east on Fishburne Street, north on Ashley Avenue, east on Sumter Street and south on King Street to Marion Square, causing road closures along the way.
The parade is free to attend. Call 722-1644.
‘Freedom Rides On’
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSO Spiritual Ensemble, with guest conductor Jeffery Ames, will perform “Freedom Rides On: A Tribute to the Freedom Riders and Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.”
The event will highlight the courageous actions of the renowned Freedom Riders in a musical and visual performance featuring spirituals and moving classical selections woven together with narration by Dr. Karen Chandler of the College of Charleston and historical images of King and the Freedom Riders movement.
The performance, which will be at 5 p.m. Monday at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris St., is free and open to the public. An entry ticket (limit two) is required.