University to hold 26th commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with three special events January 15-19.
The Black Law Students Association will kick off MLK events with a legal symposium Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the law auditorium. The program will feature a panel discussion with Ernest A. Finney, former chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court; current state Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Beatty; and Columbia attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson. Judi Gatson of WIS-TV will moderate, and the Spring Valley High School Gospel Choir will perform. The program is free and open to the public.
Highlighting the celebration will be a commemorative breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, featuring U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) as guest speaker, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Jan. 15 at the Russell House information desk and at the Carolina Coliseum box office. Tickets are $8 for the public and $2 for students. Also during the breakfast, the MLK Holiday Committee will present the university’s first 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.
The commemorative events will conclude with the 12th annual Day of Service Monday, Jan. 19. Volunteers will participate from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in a wide variety of service projects throughout the Columbia community.
This year marks the 26th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil-rights leader.