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May 11, 2023

“I believe there is more to ministry than just being in the pulpit. I love telling stories; however, I think the most important part of what I’ve been doing is just educating my community. So, whether it’s through films, whether it’s through speeches, whether it’s through any of the other platforms, I just want to make sure I educate my community so kids understand it’s more than about just playing sports rapping, it’s being bigger than what we are, and what we see on TV, and I think that’s my biggest goal.”


June 10, 2020

The Charleston Equity Initiative is hosting a virtual benefit concert featuring black artists and black community keynote speakers.

It will be streamed on various platforms, including Facebook Live, at 6 p.m. June 20. All proceeds from donations to the concert will go to support Charleston-area black nonprofit organizations. 

Organizer Ke’Von Singleton, a local civil rights activist, founded the Charleston Equity Initiative with a goal of bringing the community together by bridging the gap between the generations-long systemic oppression of black people in Charleston. 

“The Charleston Equity Concert will seek to not only empower black citizens but to promote unity across the Charleston area,” said Singleton. “The goal of the concert is to help bridge the gap in our community that has only been widened during these recent events.”

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March 20, 2019

Charleston-area teen and documentary film-maker Ke’Von Singleton credits his parents Michael and Santonia Singleton and his mentor Elder Cal Morrison for inspiring him to research the civil rights movement. The First Baptist Church School senior regularly returns to his former school, Pepperhill Elementary, to mentor the students there. While the neighborhoods surrounding Pepperhill are plagued by crime and drugs, Singleton tells the students, “You are not defined by what you see in the neighborhood. You can be different!”

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February 28, 2019

Singleton has spoken around the Charleston area, starting at the YWCA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professionals Breakfast. He quoted Dr. King with saying “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
In June 2018, the budding filmmaker took home second place at the National History Day competition with his documentary centered around Dr. King and the compromise between the city of Atlanta and the Coca-Cola company entitled “Atlanta: The City Too Busy To Hate.”


June 18, 2018

For their third documentary on the civil rights movement, the teenage filmmaking duo of Ke’Von Singleton and Malik Hubbard focused on a defining moment for Atlanta’s business community: The time when the Coca-Cola Co. threw its financial weight around to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ke’Von, 16, is a rising senior at First Baptist School, and Malik, 17, is a rising senior at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston. Their 10-minute documentary titled “Atlanta: ‘The City too Busy to Hate’ ” took second place in the documentary category at the National History Day competition in College Park, Md., last week.

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