MLK Events across the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Events to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are scheduled across the tri-county area leading up to the national holiday honoring the dream and legacy of the slain civil rights leader.Events scheduled for this week include a Tri-County Ecumenical Service on Sunday Jan. 15th featuring U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn and former congressman Patrick Kennedy who will accept an award on behalf of his father, the late Ted Kennedy.

The College of Charleston will be commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a week of events beginning Thursday, January 12th. The events kick off with a Unity and Peace Rally at 5:00 p.m. Thursday in the Cistern Yard. A Day of Service on Monday the 16th has volunteers meeting at the Cougar Mall at 8am. They will work their way to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry and YWCA to participate in various service projects. Finally, two lectures will be held on Wednesday Jan. 18th. All events are free and open to the public.The Annual MLK Holiday Parade will be on Monday Jan. 16th. It starts at 11am in front of Burke High School. It runs from Fishburne St. to Ashley Ave. then to Sumter Street, King St. and ends at Marion Square.The Sea Island Habitat for Humanity will pay tribute to Dr. King by framing a house in the new SIHH neighborhood on Green Valley Lane January 16th. 50 volunteers and staff members will join together to frame a three bedroom house on James Island for a low-income working family.

"To see the community come together for such a great cause is so rewarding," says Josephine Rex, Volunteer Coordinator for SIHH. "We are so excited to be a part of this great initiative at our new neighborhood on James Island, and are looking forward to having volunteers serve on this very special day."

On Saturday, January 14th the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir will present "His Light Still Shines", a Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the CSO Spiritual Ensemble at Royal Missionary Baptist Church on Luella Avenue in North Charleston.

Admission is free, but a ticket is required for entry. The free entry tickets (four per request) are available at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at North Charleston City Hall or at Royal Missionary Baptist Church.