The University of South Carolina’s annual weeklong celebration commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador as its keynote speaker.
Andrew Young, a politician, human rights activist and businessman who served as mayor of Atlanta in the 1980s after becoming the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to U.S. Congress from Georgia, will speak at the annual MLK Breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 a.m. in USC’s Russell House Ballroom.
Admission to the breakfast costs $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Young is a pastor who has also served as a U.N. ambassador and president of the National Council of Churches USA and was a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Former Columbia mayor Bob Coble will introduce Young at the breakfast, kicking off five days of activities that include a panel discussion titled “And Justice for All” with featuring S.C. State Supreme Court Justice Jean Toal, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, state Sen. John Scott, 5th Circuit Solicitor Daniel Johnson and USC law professor Seth Stoughton.
The panel will speak Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the USC Law School auditorium.
Other MLK week events at USC include the MLK Gospel Fest on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Koger Center and a day of service on Monday, Jan. 19.
For more information on events celebrating MLK at USC, visit www.sc.edu/eop.