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Martin Luther King, Jr.
spaceCommemorative Events
spaceJanuary 14-18, 2011
spaceColumbia Campus




The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with three special events in January. This will mark the 28th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
Symposium
14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Related Links


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

A Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating
the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 14, 2011, 7:30 a.m.

Full Program Information (PDF)

The University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The main speaker for the breakfast will be the Steve Benjamin, newly elected Mayor of the City of Columbia. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are on sale now for $8 at Carolina Coliseum box office.

Other speakers will include Bobby Gist, executive assistant to the president for equal opportunity programs; university Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Dennis Pruitt; Ebbie Yazdani, student-government president; Dr. Carl Wells, director of access and equity/diversity training.

Pruitt and Carl Wells, director of access and equity/diversity training, will present the annual Social Justice Awards to a faculty member, staff member, and student. The awards recognize individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of King through random or on-going acts of community service, social justice, or racial reconciliation.


Symposium

Black Law Students Association Celebration
Commemorating the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18, 2011
5:30 p.m., USC School of Law Auditorium

Full Program Information (PDF)

The symposium will featuring, Retired Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney, Jr., Solicitor Ernest A. "Chip" Finney III, and Attorney Jerry Leo Finney, Sr. These panelists will discuss the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on current social, political and legal issues facing South Carolina and the nation.

The symposium, which is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, will be held at the Law School Auditorium and will be moderated by Judi Gatson of WIS-TV. A reception will be held immediately following the program.


14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The 14th-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2011. Every January, hundreds of University students take part in service projects around the Columbia community.

Sponsored by the Carolina Service Council and Community Service Programs, the event gives volunteers the chance to work with nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Home Works of America, and Reliant Hospice.

To register to volunteer for the Day of Service, go to www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/mlk.htm.

For more information on these events, contact USC's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 803-777-3854.


Related Links

King Celebration
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 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.