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        Martin Luther King Jr.
        Commemorative Events
        January 17, 18, 20, 21, 25
        and 26
        Columbia Campus




The University of South Carolina celebrates 30 years of commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with four special events in January. For additional information about the events listed below, please contact USC's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 803-777-3854.

USC Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Symposium
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
Martin Luther King Jr. Gospelfest
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day(s) of Service
Related Links


USC BLSA Symposium

Black Law Students Association Celebration
Commemorating the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00 p.m., USC School of Law Auditorium

Full Program Information (PDF)

The symposium, titled "Empowering the Next Generation of Women," will feature prominent Columbia attorneys including Sarah Leverette; South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal; and Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee. Judi Gatson of WIS-TV will moderate. A reception will follow.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

A Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating
the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Friday, January 18, 2013
7:30 a.m., The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium
Tickets: $8 for USC faculty, staff and public, $3 for students

Full Program Information (PDF)

The University of South Carolina's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Additional speakers include Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs Bobby Gist; USC President Harris Pastides; President of Student Government Kenny Tracy; Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Carl Wells; and Director of Purchasing Venis Manigo.

Pastides and Wells will present the annual Social Justice Awards to a faculty member, staff member and student. These awards recognize individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of King through random or ongoing acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation. Venus Manigo will announce the recipients of the minority vendor awards, which recognize University departments, and units which have worked successfully with small and minority businesses.


Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel fest

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered Through the Songs of Freedom
Sunday, January 20, 2013
6:00 p.m., Koger Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $10 for USC faculty, staff and public, $5 for students

Full Program Information (PDF)

This extraordinary musical event will feature the USC Gospel Choir in concert with the outstanding Gospel A cappella Group, Men of Praise, the Bethel A.M.E. Church Choir and the Word of God Church Choir. You will not want to miss this!


Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day(s) of Service

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day(s) of Service recognizes the life and legacy of the civil rights leader with USC's largest campuswide community service event. Over three days, students, faculty, staff and other volunteers make a positive impact in the greater Columbia area by taking part in service projects. 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, the Salvation Army, Home Works of America and Reliant Hospice.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Go to http://www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/mlk/.

Day of registration
Monday (January 21) and/or Saturday (January 26)
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. - buses depart at 9:00 a.m.
Arrival at service site by 9:30 a.m., lunch and reflection 12:30 p.m.
Depart from service site at 1:00 p.m., return to campus by 1:30 p.m.

Friday (January 25)
Registration opens at 9:00 a.m., - buses depart at 10:00 a.m.
Arrival at service site by 10:30 a.m., lunch and reflection 12:30 p.m.,
Depart from service site at 1:00 p.m., return to campus by 1:30 p.m.


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.