Presidential Candidates Forum

Charleston, South Carolina
June 14th – June 15th

Join the Black Economic Alliance on June 15, 2019 for its Presidential Candidates Forum moderated by award winning journalist, author, and executive producer Soledad O’Brien and broadcast by Black Entertainment Television (BET). This first-of-its-kind forum will feature several of the most high-profile Democratic presidential candidates at the historic Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. The candidates will specifically address how they would advance Work, Wages, and Wealth within the Black community. This forum will take place in front of an audience in South Carolina, a key early primary state and include stakeholders and local voters. Residents of South Carolina are invited to register for complimentary general admission tickets to the forum. This event will be open press.


The Black Economic Alliance Presidential Candidates Forum will anchor a weekend of events taking place from June 14-15th in Charleston. Participants will have the option of attending several events focusing on ensuring that Work, Wages, and Wealth in Black communities is a prominent part of the 2020 election cycle.


Welcome Reception
Hotel Bennett
6:00 – 7:30 PM
404 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
VIP Dinner
Anson Restaurant
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
12 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Saturday, June 15th

VIP Meet and Greet
Hotel Bennett
404 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Presidential Candidates Forum
Co-sponsored by the
Black Economic Alliance Foundation
Charleston Music Hall
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Check in begins at 10:30 AM
37 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Closing Dinner
Hotel Bennett
6:00 PM- 10:00 PM
404 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Where to Stay

Hotel Bennett
404 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
$449.00 plus taxes
Embassy Suites
337 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
$259.00 plus taxes. Code TBEA
Hampton Inn
345 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
$229.00 plus taxes. Code TBEA


General Charleston Information

Charleston International Airport (CHS): 15-30 minutes, 12 miles

Charleston Executive Airport (JZI): 20-35 minutes, 12 miles

Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO): 25-45 minutes, 16 miles

On site restaurants (Hotel Bennett)

Gabrielle marries Old-World allure with the character of the South within an elegant and inviting atmosphere overlooking Charleston’s historic Marion Square.

BREAKFAST 6:30am – 10:30am
LUNCH 11:00am – 3:00pm
DINNER 5:00pm – 10:00pm
SUNDAY BRUNCH 11:00am – 3:00pm
BAR MENU 10:00am – 10:00pm

La Pâtisserie serves the Holy City’s finest breads and pastries. Whether guests choose to dine in or are on-the-go, renowned French Pastry Chef Remy Funfrock ensures both authenticity and freshness

Open Daily: 7 am – 7 pm

Local Restaurants

Virginia’s on King is a sophisticated southern dining spot blending traditional kitchen comforts with familiar regional dishes. Prepared with utmost care for quality and flavor, the menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to bring you southern cooking, lowcountry style.

Breakfast: Monday – Friday • 7 am – 11 am
Dinner: Monday – Friday • 11 am – 3 pm
Supper: Monday – Thursday • 3pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday • 3pm – 10pm // Sunday • Closed
Brunch: Saturday • 8am – 3pm // Sunday • 10am – 3pm

The chefs at Coast Bar and Grill meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to secure the freshest seafood and produce in the Lowcountry.

Dinner: Sunday – Thursday • 5:30pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday • 5:30pm – 11pm
Bar: Monday – Sunday • 5pm – Until

Rates vary from $22.50 to $65
*Fares are estimates only and do not reflect variations due to discounts, traffic delays or other factors. Actual fares may vary.
Rates vary from $18 to $55
*Fares are estimates only and do not reflect variations due to discounts, traffic delays or other factors. Actual fares may vary.