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        Martin Luther King Jr.
        Commemorative Events
        January 16-25
        Columbia 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 30th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader. For information about any of the University's events listed below, contact USC's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 803-777-3854.

Another addition to this year's celebration is a faculty/staff community service opportunity. Faculty and staff are invited to serve the University community by participating in the MLK Food Drive sponsored by the Department of Student Life and benefiting the Gamecock Pantry. The MLK Food Drive will start on Monday, January 13 and end on Friday, January 24. Faculty and staff who would like to participate can do so by requesting a bag (or multiple bags) by visiting https://sawebdev.wufoo.com/forms/mlk-food-drive-2014-january-13january-24/ and/or visiting the Campus Life Center. Each bag requested will come with a list of the Gamecock Pantry's most needed food items. Donors should fill the bags with at least one of each listed item. Completed bags can be returned to the Campus Life Center, the Gamecock Pantry, or can be requested to be picked up by volunteers on Friday January 24. For more information, please contact Beth Brink in the Leadership and Service Center at saserve@mailbox.sc.edu or 777-3197.

Full Program Information (PDF)

USC Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Symposium
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Concert Series
15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
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USC Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Symposium

Black Law Students Association Celebration
Commemorating the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
6:00 p.m., USC School of Law Auditorium

The symposium will feature the Honorable Congressman James E. Clyburn. President Barack Obama has said he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 113th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House, James E. Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee and one of the Democratic Caucus' primary liaisons to the White House. Working with the internal caucuses, he plays a prominent role in messaging and outreach.

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. The USC School of Law will sponsor a reception immediately following the program.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

A Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating
the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 17, 2014
7:30 a.m., The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium
Tickets: $8 for adults, $3 for students

The University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m., Jan. 17 at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. USC speakers include Bobby Gist, Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs; Harris Pastides, president University of South Carolina; Chase Mizzell, student government president; Steve Benjamin, Mayor City of Columbia; and Venis Manigo, director of purchasing. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 for the general public and $3 for students and can be purchased at the Koger Center.

The guest speaker for the breakfast will be the Jotaka Eaddy. Jotaka L. Eaddy is the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a former President of the Student Government Association at the University of South Carolina. Within her official capacity she directs external affairs and strategic initiatives on behalf of the Office of the President and CEO and leads the NAACP's strategy to defend and expand access to the ballot box.

Recently named a "2013 Game Changer" by Politics365.com, Jotaka L. Eaddy is a dedicated and seasoned progressive policy advocate with more than 15 years experience. She has served in several leadership capacities and at the forefront of some of the nation's leading issue and electoral campaigns.

Ms. Eaddy has traveled extensively, serving as a guest lecturer and strategist on human rights and progressive policy reform at various institutions and universities covering 48 states and 28 countries. She has advocated on numerous death penalty cases, coordinated national lobbying efforts, and managed grassroots campaigns on wide range of progressive issue areas. Additionally she has lobbied within various international forums including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Organization of American States, Council of Europe, European Commission, African Union, and U.N. World Conference Against Racism among others.

Eaddy has served as the Senior Field Manager for USAction and USAction Education Fund where she worked to implement and coordinate strategies to galvanize grassroots support to advance effective civil and human rights legislation in Congress. Within her tenure, Ms. Eaddy managed and directed national and field communications and direct actions on behalf of federal issue campaigns including: Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities, Health Care for All Americans Now Campaign, State Children's Health Care Campaign; Change America Now Campaign; among other progressive issues campaigns.

Prior to her service with USAction, Ms. Eaddy served as Domestic Program Director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. During her tenure, Ms. Eaddy advocated and lobbied for progressive criminal justice reform including death penalty repeal measures. In 2004, she directed the national lobby and international advocacy campaign against the juvenile death penalty in the United States. These efforts contributed to the 2005 landmark US Supreme Court decision Roper v. Simmons which abolished the juvenile death penalty in the United States, a 100 year practice that unfairly discriminated against African American and Latino youth.

As a student at the University of South Carolina, Ms. Eaddy served in a number of leadership capacities, including tenure as student representative on the University's Board of Trustees. As a student senator, she authored legislation and coordinated strategies that resulted in the passage of the University of South Carolina's Student Government resolution calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House Dome. Most notably, Ms. Eaddy was elected Student Body President, becoming the first and only black woman to be elected to the position in the University of South Carolina's history.

Ms. Eaddy's work has been highlighted in several publications including: 2013 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans between 25-45, Politics365.com, MSNBC, Al Jeezeera America, Aspire Network, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Journey to Durban, The Nation Magazine, Democracy Now, the Art of Activism, Black America Web.com, Essence Magazine, the American Prospect , among others.


Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Concert Series

Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered Through The Songs of Freedom
Sunday, January 19, 2014
6:00 p.m., Koger Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students

The USC Gospel Choir, the John Work Chorus of Booker T. Washington High School, Minister Carolyn Brailsford and members of the Bethel A.M.E. Choir will be featured in concert with our special guest - The Gospel Legends, a Stellar Awards Nominee - of Hopkins, S.C., at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, in the USC Koger Center.

Following the theme Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered Through The Songs of Freedom, the concert is presented in conjunction with the University's 2014 King Celebration. Tickets are on sale now for $10 at the Russell House Information Desk and the Koger Center. Student tickets are $5.


15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The 15th-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be held from 8:00, Jan. 20 and Jan. 25. 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.

MLK Week Kick-Off: "We Are The Dream"
Friday, January 17 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Russell House Patio


A diversity fair of sorts that promotes unity here at the university and allows student organizations to share their voice with the community.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20 8 A.M.
Davis Field

Open Mic Night: "Giving the Silents a Voice"
Tuesday, January 21 8 P.M.
Russell House Bookstore Café

An evening of Spoken Word focused on breaking the silence for oppressed communities. This event is in partnership with Carolina Productions.

Keynote: "Voices of Reason: Understanding and Celebrating Differences"
Wednesday, January 22 6:00 P.M.
Russell House Theater

A three-part speaker event with Kenisha Johnson, Heidi Johnson, and Sidney J. Evering II that is series focused on leaders in our community that provide voices for different communities.

Diversity Dialogue: "Diversity: Where We've Come From, Where We Are, and Where We're Going."
Thursday, January 23 7 P.M.
Honors B110

The dialogue will allow students to discuss current issues and what can/should be done to alleviate stigmas and beliefs around certain groups.

Solidarity Day Workshop
Friday, January 24 11 A.M.
Russell House Ballroom

A workshop for students to come and participate in different activities that promote diversity and cultural awareness, while celebrating MLK's vision of an inclusive community and how that vision is reflected in our own community here at USC.

MLK Day of Service
Saturday, January 25 8 A.M.
Davis Field

To register as a volunteer for the Day of Service, go to http://www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/mlk/.


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, Jr.

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.