USC to hold 27th MLK commemoration
The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with three special events Jan. 14-17.
Highlighting the celebration will be a commemorative breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, featuring Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin as guest speaker, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Jan. 13 at the Carolina Coliseum box office. Tickets are $8 for the public and $2 for students.
Also during the breakfast, the MLK Committee will present the second Martin Luther King Jr. Day Social Justice Award to a student, faculty and staff member. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of King through random or ongoing acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.
King Day activities will continue Monday, Jan. 17, with the 13th annual University Day of Service. Volunteers will participate from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in a variety of service projects throughout the Columbia community.
The commemorative events will conclude with the Black Law Students Association legal symposium Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the law auditorium. The program, “A Legacy of Empowerment,” will feature Ernest A. Finney, former chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, and sons Ernest A. Finney III, 3rd Circuit solicitor-elect, and Columbia attorney Jerry L. Finney. The program is free and open to the public.
This year marks the 27th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil-rights leader.