Attorney Ben Crump to outline a path forward for Civil Rights in keynote address at oldest and largest MLK Day event
Crump to urge President-elect to embrace constitutional protections, Put an end to “open season” on people of color
From Emily Allman
CHARLESTON, S.C. – America’s civil rights movement is at a crossroads, with racial tension coursing through America’s cities and systemic prejudice creating an “Open Season” on people of color. That will be the focal point of a major keynote address by nationally renowned civil rights advocate and attorney Ben Crump, who will urge President-elect Trump to embrace a path forward for civil rights. He will deliver the address at one of the oldest and largest MLK celebrations — the YWCA of Greater Charleston’s Ecumenical Service during the 45th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Charleston, South Carolina on Jan. 15. The several-daylong MLK Celebration annually attracts more than 30,000 attendees.
Crump has represented victims’ families in tragic, high-profile civil rights cases across the country, including that of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and dozens of others. Attorney Crump will challenge President-elect Donald Trump to make civil rights a top priority, outlining the dire consequences of ignoring the epidemic of violence and systematic injustice against people of color across America.
Other luminaries who have addressed the Ecumenical Service to a capacity audience include the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. (1974), the Rev. Joseph Lowery (1983), and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (2016). Event sponsor YWCA of Greater Charleston expects more than 1,000 attendees at this historic service that is free and open to the public.