King Day 2023 Events

January 12, 2023

*Wade to Speak at Voorhees University Convocation Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.*

Justin Wade, a Duke University School of Divinity student, will speak at Voorhees University during a convocation commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating MLK Jr. Day, the federal holiday named in King’s honor. The convocation will be held Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts Hall. The theme is “Channeling the Prophetic Voice of Dr. King for HBCU Students.” The holiday is Jan. 16.

Wade is a member of The Rush Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Raleigh, N.C., where he serves as an associate minister. He received his license from the Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Sept. 25, 2015.

Wade graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., earning a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy. He served in many capacities during his undergraduate career: as the sophomore class president for the 2019-20 school year, president of the Pre-Theologian Program, secretary of the Male Champions for Change, and as the 2020-21 executive chaplain for Livingstone.

Wade is the recipient of the Dr. C. Tyrone Gilmore Scholarship from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Livingstone College E. Moore Award and the Livingstone College Lamp of Knowledge. He is a Livingstone College Presidential Scholar and a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Honors Society. He was inducted into the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success for the 2019-20 academic year, where he served as the treasurer. Wade has also served as president of the Student Government Association at Livingstone. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the 2022 Oratorical Contest Winner for the fraternity’s southern region. He has been recognized as having the highest collegiate GPA.

At a very young age, Wade started to mimic his father’s preaching. At the age of 5, he yielded his life to Christ, and from there, a yearning was born in his heart to know more. He started to read the Bible and take seriously what he believed. It became clear to Wade and almost everyone around him that there was a calling on his life.

He diligently studies the Word of God as he ministers throughout the nation. He is motivated by 1 Corinthians 9:16: “For when I preach the Gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe unto me, if I do not preach the Gospel.”

*North Charleston MLK Parade 2023*

Beginning at Burke High School, 244 President St North Charleston, SC, North Charleston, South Carolina

*2023 MLK Celebration Breakfast Summit*

Join the YWCA Greater Charleston’s 2023 MLK Celebration Sunday, Jan. 8 through Monday, Jan. 16.

The celebration in Charleston in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the largest in South Carolina, and one Charleston’s longest running events. The Holy City was one of the first in the nation to have a tribute to Dr. King.

That tradition continues this year as the YWCA of Greater Charleston hosts the 2023 MLK Celebration. Included in this year’s schedule:

• MLK Area Worship Service | 4 PM Sunday, January 8 | Emmanuel Baptist Church of James Island

• MLK Breakfast Summit | 7 AM Thursday, January 12 | Charleston Gaillard Center

• MLK Ecumenical Service | 4 PM Sunday, January 15 | Charity Missionary Baptist Church

• MLK Day Parade | 10:30 AM Monday, January 16 | Downtown; live on WCBD News 2 (this year’s parade will be an in-person event for the first time in two years!)

*Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Portrait Award*

State Representative Wendel Gilliard presents an event to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as local leaders and underrepresented community members. Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston, SC.

*North Charleston To Host Annual Free MLK Jr. Tribute Concert With Lowcountry Voices On January 15*

Lowcountry Voices (LCV), a multicultural and ethnically diverse choral performing arts organization, returns for their annual MLK Jr. holiday concert in North Charleston. Dr. Roland Carter, renowned composer, arranger, and conductor will serve as guest conductor. The group will pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a variety of musical selections, including traditional spirituals (Dr. Carter’s forte), traditional gospel, songs of the Civil Rights Movement, and even a little Sam Cooke.

Free. St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2005 Reynolds Ave.

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 5:00pm

*Eastside Neighborhood Litter Sweep & MLK Day of Service*

Please join the neighbors of the Eastside community for the monthly neighborhood litter sweep! January's monthly litter sweep will be shifted to Monday, January 16th, to be combined with an MLK Day of Service.

All are welcome to attend, and volunteers will meet in the Philip Simmons quadrant of Hampstead Square at 9:00AM. All cleanup supplies will be provided.