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Charleston City Paper: What to do this MLK Day: IAAM, parades, more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Jan. 15 holiday just around the corner, and this year with the recently opened International African American Museum (IAAM), Charleston boasts more events than ever before. 

The IAAM will host its first Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, IAAM King: An MLK Day Celebration, on Jan. 15. The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event on a first come, first served basis.

Historian Brandon Reid, who oversees public records and special projects at the museum, told the Charleston City Paper that the event will include access to the West Yard, which offers an African ancestors memorial garden. He added the space will include a vendor showcase, food trucks and activities for adults and children. 

Reid noted he was particularly excited about the storytelling aspect of the day — which is already a key aspect of the museum’s programming. 

“Youth and family participants will be able to come in and create story stones really talking about understanding and exploring African American history but tying that to MLK as well.”

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