President Pastides' message on 2017 MLK Commemorative Events

January 5, 2017

Dear Carolina Family, 

I am pleased to invite faculty, staff, students and community members to the University of South Carolina for a series of events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our 2017 MLK Commemoration launches Thursday evening, Jan. 12, with a lively panel discussion at the School of Law auditorium at 6 p.m. This annual event and reception, sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, is free and open to the public. 

The Zone, located in Williams-Brice Stadium, will be the site of another annual favorite, the MLK Commemorative Breakfast. Held on Friday Jan. 13, doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m. We are honored to have Bishop Ronnie E. Brailsford Sr., the first USC graduate to be elected as a Bishop of the AME Church, as our keynote speaker. Tickets for the breakfast are now on sale at the Koger Center box office and are $5.00 for students with a student I.D. and $10.00 for all faculty, staff and community members.  

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The vibrant MLK, Jr. Gospel Fest will close out the series on Sunday  Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Koger Center with outstanding gospel artists such as The Williams Brothers, Roy & the Revelation, The New Light Beulah Baptist Church of Hopkins, and Batesburg-Leesville gospel artist and pastor Beverly Taylor. Tickets are on sale at the Koger Center box office and are $8.00 for students with a student I.D. and $12.00 for all faculty, staff and visitors. 

This is the 34th year USC has celebrated the inspiring life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we begin 2017, let us be challenged by America's great Civil Rights icon who once noted, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" These events, coupled with the upcoming MLK Days of service, will surely provide the incentive to serve members of our campus, community and nation. I hope to see you at one or more of the MLK events. Please join me in inviting family, neighbors and friends to participate as well.