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Remember — Celebrate — Act
A Day On — Not a Day Off

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Events
January 18–21, 2002
Columbia Campus

The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a number of planned events beginning January 18. This year will mark the nineteenth consecutive year that the University has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader.

King Day activities will begin with a commemorative breakfast on Friday, January 18, at 7:30 a.m. in the Russell House Ballroom. Featured speaker will be the Honorable Josephy H. Neal, chair of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students and the cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. Tickets for the breakfast are on sale at the Russell House Information Desk.

The University will continue its MLK Celebration on Monday, January 21, with the annual day of service event that is sponsored by the Office of Community Services and the Department of Student Life.

Service Day Activities will begin with registration from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a rally at 10 a.m. All faculty, staff and students are urged to participate in the Service Day Activities from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. by volunteering their time in service to some community service organization in the greater Columbia community.

At 3 p.m. on Monday, the USC Black Law Students Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the S.C. Bar Association will sponsor a program at the USC Law School auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The featured topic is "The Lawyers Role in the Civis Rights Movement."

On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., the Koger Center will come alive with the sound of gospel music. The Annual MLK Gospel Unity Fest will be held as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King through gospel music. Gospel music is significant in that not only did Dr. King love gospel music but gospel music was a great rallying point for the civil rights marches during the turbulent civil rights era of which Dr. King was the major leader in this country. This event will be open to the public and has traditionally been well attended and attracts several thousand persons. This year’s featured performance will be by the nationally renowned Williams Brothers of Summitt, Mississippi. Local groups to perform will include the Capital City Chorale and The Rising Stars of Eastover. All seats are reserved and tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office for $6. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the I. DeQuincy Newman Institute for Peace and Social Change.


Friday, January 18, 2002

Commemorative Breakfast

7:30 a.m. • Russell House Ballroom

Tickets: $6 at the Russell House Information Desk

Featured Speaker: The Honorable Joseph H. Neal • Member, S.C. House of Representatives and Chair, Legislative Black Caucus

Sponsored by the University of South Carolina in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, the USC Athletics Department, and the USC Student Government Association


Monday, January 21, 2002

Black Law School Students Association Celebration

3:00 p.m. • USC Law School Auditorium • Free Admission

Topic: "The Lawyers Role in the Civil Rights Movement"

Sponsored by the Black Law School Students Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the S.C. Bar Association


An Evening to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

6:30 p.m. • Koger Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $6 at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office

Sponsored by the University of South Carolina in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee; the USC Athletics Department, the USC Student Government Association, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, and WIS-TV

For further information, contact the USC Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 900 Assembly Street. Phone: 803-777-3854.


Related Links to Martin Luther King, Jr. Information

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Directory
    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University have compiled primary and secondary documents covering the life and career of the civil rights leader. The site contains a biography, a chronology of King's life, articles, and a searchable bibliography of reference sources. The site also includes access to letters, speeches, and commentary written by King. A simple, free registration form is required to access the primary documents.