MLK observances

January 16, 2014 

A scene from last year's King Day at the Dome in Columbia.



LEGAL SYMPOSIUM: 6 p.m. Thursday in the USC law school auditorium. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the symposium theme is “Education: The Pipeline to Equality.” Keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, WIS-10 news anchor Judi Gatson will moderate.


USC COMMEMORATIVE BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Keynote speaker will be Jotaka Eaddy. The first African-American woman to serve as USC’s student body president, Eaddy now serves as senior advisor to the president and CEO of the NAACP. During the breakfast, the MLK Committee will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Social Justice Awards to a student, faculty and staff member. Tickets are on sale through Thursday at the Coliseum Box Office. Faculty, staff and the public, $8; students, $3,


MLK GOSPELFEST: 6 p.m. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts. Event will feature the USC Gospel Choir in concert with the Rev. Carolyn Brailsford and the Bethel AME Church Choir, the John Work Chorus and the Gospel Legends. Tickets are $10 for USC faculty, staff and the public; $5 for students.

NAACP ANNUAL PRAYER SERVICE: 4 p.m. Sunday at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St. Speaker will be William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of the architects of North Carolina’s “Moral Monday” protests. (803) 779-2809


DAY OF SERVICE EVENTS: Campus-wide community service events are set for Monday and Jan. 26.

KING DAY AT THE DOME RALLY: 8 a.m. Monday at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St.; the march to the State House will begin at 9:30 a.m. (803) 779-2809

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DREAM WALK: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the USC Sumter Nettles Building, 200 Miller Road, Sumter. Registration for the 3-mile walk begins at 8:30, the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by an 11 a.m. celebratory program. Contact: Mary Sutton, University of South Carolina Sumter, (803) 938-3760

“CAROLS OF THE STRUGGLE”: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chappelle Memorial AME Church, 1101 Pine St. South Carolina’s longest continuously running annual program celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy. Dr. Stanley J. Pritchett, president of Morris Brown College in Atlanta will be the speaker. Six educators will be honored for their service to the community: Fannie Phelps Adams, Martha Cunningham Montieth, Dr. John R. Stevenson, Theodora Thomas, Harold A. White and Chappelle's own, the late Andrew J. Lewis.

CITY OF COLUMBIA MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION: 4 p.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene St. South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Jean H. Toal will be the keynote speaker and Reverend Darrell Jackson of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road will be giving the invocation and benediction. There will be performances by Columbia City Ballet, Columbia High School and Shelby Rae Shealy. Winners of the Dream Keeper Scholarships will be announced.

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