Columbia street closings this morning
Beginning at 6 a.m. today much of downtown Columbia around the State House will be closed to through traffic because of the Martin Luther King Jr. rally and march.
Parking meters in many areas of downtown will be covered with bags for the march. Vehicles parked in spaces where the meter is bagged are subject to being towed.
Streets closed during the event include portions of Gervais, Main, Lady, Sumter, Senate, Gadsden and Washington streets. A two-block stretch of Gervais in front of the State House will be closed. Major traffic detours will begin at 9:20 a.m. All detours should be lifted by 12:30 p.m.
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King Day at the Dome
The annual march and rally at the State House
8 a.m.: Prayer breakfast at Zion Baptist Church
8:30 a.m.: Prayer service with remarks from William Barber, president of the North Carolina state conference of the NAACP
Post-prayer service: March from Zion Baptist to the Capitol
10:30 a.m.: State House rally. Speakers include Lonnie Randolph, president of the S.C. state conference of the NAACP; Wade Henderson, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Detroit radio show host Mildred Gaddis
Other MLK Day events
USC’s 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration: University Day of Service, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today. Black Law Students Association’s legal symposium “A Legacy of Empowerment,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, USC Law School auditorium, 701 Main St. The program will feature Ernest A. Finney, former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, and his sons Ernest A. Finney III, 3rd Circuit solicitor, and Columbia attorney Jerry L. Finney. Free.
City of Columbia’s annual MLK Day program: 4 p.m. today, Martin Luther King Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene St. (803) 545-3100
MLK Day at EdVenture: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 211 Gervais St. Children to create life-size “Dream Portraits” to illustrate goals and aspirations. Free with admission. (803) 799-3100; www.edventure.org
City Year Columbia “Beloved Community Carnival”: Noon-3 p.m. today in the atrium at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Free. (803) 254-3349, ext. 2229
MLK wreath-laying ceremony: Alpha Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to host, 3:06 p.m. today, Martin Luther King Jr. historic marker (in Five Points), Harden and Greene streets
MLK commemoration: Harry Singleton III, associate professor of religion at Benedict College, will be the keynote speaker at Benedict’s 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Antisdel Chapel. Free. (803) 705-4607