Late US Sen. Edward Kennedy honored at SC event

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts is being honored at a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Charleston.

Kennedy is being posthumously awarded the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award during an ecumenical service Sunday at Morris Street Baptist Church starting at 4 p.m. Kennedy's son, Patrick, is accepting the award on behalf of his father.

The younger Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, is also being recognized for his contributions to civil rights during his congressional career from 1994 through 2010.

The Gantt award is named for Harvey Gantt, a Charleston native who was the first black to attend Clemson University and the first black elected mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina delivers the keynote address at the event.

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