MLK observances

January 17, 2014 

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



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


USC DAY OF SERVICE EVENTS: Campus-wide community service events are set for Monday and Jan. 25.

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

EDGWOOD FOUNDATION DAY OF SERVICE: 10 a.m.-noon Monday at 2500 Elmwood Ave., across from Carver-Lyon Elementary school. There will be a drive for canned foods and winter clothing (socks, hats, gloves). The food will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank and the clothing items will be distributed djuring the 2014 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count to benefit homeless individuals and families in the Midlands. (803) 252-7544 or email

“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.


BENEDICT COLLEGE MLK COMMEMORATION: 11 a.m. Tuesday in Antisdel Chapel on the main campus. The Rev. Dr. Jamey O. Graham, regional vice president for the Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Religious Services Department and Student Affairs, the program is free and open to the public.

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