by John Steinberger | February 6, 2019 3:05 pm
Tickets are still available for the Charleston County Republican Party’s second annual Black History Month banquet Friday at The Citadel Alumni House. Senator Tim Scott will headline the event. Tickets may be ordered on-line.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson had previously committed to headline the event but had to withdraw due a HUD backlog in the aftermath of the partial federal government shutdown. Scott recently accepted an invitation to take his place. The party’s inaugural Black History Month banquet was headlined by Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scott played a major role in crafting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017. One of the features of the legislation was the formation of Opportunity Zones, which provides for tax credits for business investments in high-poverty communities. He was also involved in crafting the First Steps Act, a major criminal justice system reform.
Charleston County Republican Party is also recognizing local African-Americans for their contributions to the community. The honorees are South Carolina Minority Affairs Commissioner Ken Battle, Charleston County Associate Probate Judge Tamara Curry, arts advocate Art Gilliard, former State Representative Samuel Rivers, and Charleston County School Board Chairman Eric Mack. The event will be closed with inspirational remarks by Emanuel AME Church Pastor Reverend Eric Manning. Music will be performed by Voices of Deliverance Gospel Choir and the Burke High School Band.
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