On the third Monday of January, Americans gather to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Since its declaration as a federal holiday in 1983, cities and towns across the country host parades and events to memorialize King’s determination for equality.
Charleston’s Martin Luther King Junior parade proceeded at 10:00 a.m. from Burke High School on Fishbourne St. The parade route then snaked onto Sumter St. turned right onto King St. and concluded on Calhoun St near the intersection at Meeting St according to WCSC and the Post and Courier .
Over 100 bands and groups marched down King Street on Monday in front of an audience of thousands. Among waves and cheers of “Happy King’s Day” Local youth groups, church representatives, high school marching bands, unions, political groups, floats and advertisers made the nearly two-mile trek honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
Following the parade, the City and YWCA hosted a concert at 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of James Island honoring Dr. King. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg along with many local and state religious leaders planned to attend.