Sponsored by: Lowcountry Freedom Reigns Festival
Reading the Sunday newspaper after worshipping at the church of your choice. Voting for your favorite political candidate or peacefully protesting an injustice. Sharing your views on Facebook or simply reading the comments from others with an opposing opinion.
These activities are commonplace for Americans who enjoy freedoms other countries can barely imagine. It’s that spirit of freedom that inspired a group of Charleston area community members to organize the first Lowcountry Freedom Reigns Festival.
The mission behind the festival is to celebrate those everyday freedoms many people take for granted. Over the course of nine days from Sept. 2-11, residents can attend both free and ticketed events all around the Lowcountry, ranging from concerts to educational symposiums and debates to family-friendly events.
The non-partisan and non-political festival is focused on unity and reminding everyone of the freedoms U.S. citizens enjoy. Freedoms like:
Freedom of religion
Freedom to vote
Freedom to peaceably assemble
The festival kicked off this past Saturday with a family event in Summerville’s Azalea Park.
Other event highlights include:
The Spirit of Motown: A Charlton Singleton Performance tonight, Sept. 6 at the Charleston Music Hall. Spend the evening enjoying soulful music and reflecting on the impact the Motown movement had on the fight for freedom. Singleton’s musical talents will remind the audience of the bridges that Motown music crossed and the racial barriers it broke down.
The Evolving Role of Women in Society on Sept. 7 is a panel discussion led by Jean Toal, retired chief just of the S.C. Supreme Court. This free event takes place at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing.