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Swahili Sunday

Sunday, September 25 at 11:00am
Venue: Morris Brown AME Church
Address: 13 Morris Street
Coordinator: S. Johari Andika

Led by The Reverend Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr., Servant Pastor this church service proclaims, “Almighty God is the greatest artist.” The service will highlight Swahili linguistic heritage through speech and song.

MOJA Arts Festival Opening Reception

Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre Courtyard
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free

Meet new people and socialize in the intimate courtyard at the Dock Street Theatre and learn more about the exciting events planned during the 2016 MOJA Festival.
Graciously sponsored by Total Wine & More.

Dock Street Theatre

Opening Day Street Parade

Thursday, September 29 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Parade begins at Marion Square
Address: Calhoun and King Streets
Admission: Free

Join the celebration and feel the beat at the annual opening street parade featuring festive Carribean and African costumes, African drummers and more. Local community groups including bands, youth and school groups perform throughout. The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning on Market Street and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

Reggae Block Dance

Friday, September 30 from 6:30pm-11:00pm
Venue: Brittle Bank Park
Address: Corner of Lockwood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company, C&A Unlimited, Inc.-McDonalds
Coordinator: Osei Chandler

Enjoy a vibrant and energetic evening filled with the sounds of Reggae. Relax and enjoy the fare from a variety of food trucks or browse goods from international artisans before you dance the night away with friends and neighbors. The lineup of Reggae artists taking the stage includes Da Gullah Rootz featuring General Top Rank’n and Ras Bonghi featuring Deighton Charlemagne and Identity.

Heritage Day at Marion Square

Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Marion Square
Address: Corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Cherry Seabrook, Veronica McDaniel, Jazzy Clay King and Angel R. Quintero
Sponsored By: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, metroPCS

Celebrate African-American and Caribbean culture while enjoying ethnic flavors, international artisans and regional performers in the heart of Downtown.

St. Paul’s Music Festival

Saturday, October 1 at 12:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)
Venue: Ravenel Family Park
Address: 4433 Savannah Highway Ravenel, SC 29470
Admisson: $5.00 Adults, $1.00 Children Under 12 through the Town of Ravenel
For Tickets: Contact Beth Carpenter at (843) 697-8677 or Mark Bloomer (843) 889-8732

Conceived in 2008 by Ravenel Councilman Curtis Inabinett, Jr., the festival has been an annual event featuring many of the low country’s favorite bands performing all types of music. This year’s event will feature Leather and Lace, led by Drummer Shannon Sausser, Curtis Inabinett, Jr., and a nine-piece funk jazz band, and a low country favorite, the East Coast Party Band.

Future Casting

Saturday, October 1 from  5:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Fabulon
Address: 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley
Admission: Free

Future Casting, an interactive hip-hop event, will feature local, national, and international artists, of the genre tagged Hip-Hop and highlight the generational and contemporary links within the arts to Hip-Hop. Come celebrate what is trueto the art form’s creative beginnings as we project into the future with messages of hope, unity, progress, and harmony.

Maryville/Ashleyville Communities: Then and Now

Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm
Venue: Emanuel AME Church
Address: 1057 5th Avenue (at St. Andrews Boulevard, West Ashley)
Admission: Free
Facilitator: Dr. Karen A, Chandler
Panelists: Diane Hamilton, Theresa Hillliard, Victoria Stewart, Marguerite “Julie” Richardson.

A panel discussion of the Maryville/Ashleyville communities bringing light to an era gone by relating the history of the Town of Maryville and its residents.

We Are Charleston Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre, Drawing Room
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free

Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 Bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community and nation recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends and community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME Church and the importance of awareness, action and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr. and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book.

Historic Site Designation: Emanuel AME Church

Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00am
Venue: Emanuel AME Church
Address: 1057 5th Avenue, West Ashley
Admission: Free
Coordinator: AnnaBell Seabrook

Historical information about previous designees can be found here.

MOJA Finale


Sunday, October 9 from 4:00pm until dark
Venue: Hampton Park
Address: 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company, C&A Unlimited, Inc.-McDonalds, SCE&G, metroPCS

The culminating event of the MOJA Festival, this lively and colorful celebration includes high energy musical performances, a pop-up art exhibition, international artisans and mouthwatering ethnic foods. A variety of community organizations will be on hand to provide information in addition to a health and wellness fair for men, women and youth.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Saturday, October 15 from 11:30am-1:30pm
Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, West Ashley
Donation: $40 CLICK HERE for tickets
Sponsored By: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, AT&T, Total Wine and More
Coordinator: Garcia Williams

Community Tribute Luncheon 2016 Honorees:
Mr. Alvin B. Glen – Artist
Mr. Craig Ascue – Business
Ms. T. Christi Ascue Kershaw – Business
Dr. Brenda Nelson – Civic and Community Service
Ms. Annabell Seabrook – Contribution to MOJA
Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane – Education
Ms. Vanessa Ellington – Government
Ms. Shirley Greene – Media
Dr. Cheri L. Franklin – Medicine
Ms. Catherine V.R. McCottry – Outstanding College Student
Mr. Aamon Oree – Outstanding College Student
Ms. Madyson Harris – Outstanding High School Student
Mr. Grant Domingo – Outstanding High School Student
The Honorable Rodney Williams – Politics, Local
The Honorable Marlon Kimpson – Politics, State
Rev. Willie James Hill – Religion
Ms. L Monique Hill – Rising Star

MOJA Community Celebration

Sunday October 30th, 2016

Head to Hampton Park for an amazing afternoon featuring an incredible line up of musical talent, mouthwatering food concessionaires, a pop-up art exhibition and an artisan village. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the MOJA Finale originally planned for October 9 could not proceed; this event offers musicians who were unable to perform as scheduled during MOJA the chance to share their artistry with an audience of Charleston neighbors and friends.

The stage lineup kicks off with the upbeat jazz sounds of Curtis Inabinett and Ah Touch of Class followed by the smooth style of the New Galaxy Band. Rounding out the bill, Charlton P. Singleton and Friends featuring Quiana Parler bring the funk hard on the heels of their packed-out Charleston Music Hall Prince tribute, Pop Life. The band is ready to deliver with a knock-out set covering the likes of Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Dazz Band, Chaka Khan, EWF, and The Time!