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Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Events
January 17–20, 2003
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 Friday, Jan. 17.

This will mark the 20th consecutive year 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 Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 a.m. in the Russell House ballroom. Featured speaker will be S.C. Sen. Kay Patterson. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students, and the cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. Tickets for the breakfast will go on sale Dec. 2 at the Russell House Information Desk.

The university will continue its celebration Monday, Jan. 20, with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event that is sponsored by USC's Office of Community Services and the USC Department of Student Life. A week of educational events will lead up to the MLK Day of Service.

Service Day activities will begin with registration from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by a rally at 10:30 a.m. All faculty, staff and students are urged to participate in the Service Day activities from 11:30 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. Monday, the USC Black Law Students Association will sponsor a program at the USC Law School auditorium. Speaking on "The State of the Dream" will be the Rev. Julius C. Hope, National Director of Religious Affairs, NAACP.

On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Koger Center will come alive with the sound of gospel music as the annual MLK Gospel Unity Fest honors King's life and legacy. The Canton Spirituals of Canton, Mississippi, the number one gospel music quartet in America, will be this year's featured performers.

All seats are reserved, and tickets will go on sale Dec. 2 at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office for $10. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the I. DeQuincy Newman Institute for Peace and Social Change.

Friday, January 17, 2003
Commemorative Breakfast—7:30 a.m., Russell House Ballroom. Tickets: $6 at the Russell House Information Desk, beginning Dec. 2. Featured Speaker: S.C. Sen. Kay Patterson. 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 20, 2003
Service Day Events

  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.—Registration, Russell House Second Floor Lobby. Individual and group registration is available online at http://www.sa.sc.edu/ocsp/MLK.html.
  • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.—Rally.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.—Service Projects (Greater Columbia Community). Sponsored by USC's Office of Community Services and the USC Department of Student Life.

    Black Law School Students Association Celebration—3:00 p.m., USC Law School auditorium. Free Admission. Speaker: Rev. Julius C. Hope, National Director of Religious Affairs, NAACP, "The State of the Dream." A reception will follow the program.

    MLK Gospel Unity Fest—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: $10 at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, begining Dec. 2. Featuring The Canton Spirituals of Mississippi. 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 803-777-3854.

    Related Links

    King Celebration 2003
    Sponsored by The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, Inc., this site includes a listing of local, national and international events that are planned for the 2003 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

    The King Center
    Official website for The King Center, established in 1968 in Atlanta by Coretta Scott King as a memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

    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.