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USC to hold 30th MLK commemoration

By: Frenche` Brewer,, 803-777-3691

The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with four special events Jan. 17-20.

King Day activities will kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, with the Black Law Students Association legal symposium in the law auditorium. The program, “Empowering the Next Generation of Women,” will feature several prominent Columbia attorneys, including Sarah Leverette, S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal and Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee.

Highlighting the celebration will be a commemorative breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, featuring Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, as guest speaker, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Jan. 17 at

the Koger Center for the Arts box office on Park St.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students.

At the breakfast, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Social Justice Awards will be presented to a student, a faculty member and a 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.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Gospelfest returns to the Koger Center at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. The musical event will feature the USC Gospel Choir, Men of Praise, the Rev. Carolyn Brailsford and the Bethel A.M.E. Church choir and The Capital City Chorale. The theme for the program is Martin Luther King Jr. remembered through the songs of freedom.

Tickets to the concert, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at the Koger Center box office on Park St.

The university’s MLK observances conclude with the 15th annual University Day of Service, which includes three days of campus-wide community service activities. The Day of Service events are set for Jan. 21, Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. Volunteers will participate from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in a variety of service projects throughout the Columbia community.

This year marks the 30th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil-rights leader.

For more information about USC’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, contact Carl Wells,, or 803-777-3854.


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Posted: 01/17/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/18/13 @ 3:47 PM | Permalink



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