PURE presents Choir Boy

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30pm; Thursday, October 3 7:30pm; Friday, October 4 7:30pm; Saturday, October 5, 3:00pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $31

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Play.

Southern Boys

Date: Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm; Saturday, October 5, 7:00 pm; Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: $37 Adults, $22 Child (12-18)

This is a musical of historical significance about a group of first generation born free African-Americans who yearn for a life beyond the fields. Their families have decided to stay in the Mississippi Delta, but these “Southern Boys” make a pact to migrate North. This play explores the complexities of this era in time through narratives, blues and movement.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407
Donation: $40 per attendee

Please contact Basil Punsalan at PunsalanB@charleston-sc.gov or 843-577-2311

The MOJA Arts Festival is pleased to bestow awards on outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contributions to the region at this annual outdoor luncheon.

2019 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:

Krisalyn K. Gleaton, PharmD.– Medicine
Ms. Mattese Miller Lecque -  Civic and Community Service
Ms. Linda J. Harvey – The Arts
Ms. Carolyn S. Brown – Artist
Mr. Earl Brown – Education
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson – Business
Ms. Francina Smalls-Kobus – Contribution to MOJA
Ms. Wevonneda Minis – Media
Miss Naomi Rosie Booker – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. April D. Mazyck – Rising Star
Mr. Ke’Von Singleton – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. Semaj Fielding – Outstanding College Student
Reverend Charlie L. Murray, Jr., Pastor – Religion

Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Reservations are no longer being accepted. The event has reached maximum capacity*

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.

Charleston Boxing Club and Annual MOJA Cup

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: Doors 6:00pm, Starts 7:00pm
Venue: Arthur Christopher Community Center
Address: 265 Fishburne Street
Admission: At the door; $15 Adults, $5 Students under 18, Free for children under 8
Coordinators: Osei Terry Chandler

A MOJA tradition, the Charleston Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup highlights some of the region’s top all-star amateur boxers battling it out in their respective weight divisions. Participants weigh in between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for the event are only available at the door. Bouts begin at 7pm.