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University of South Carolina to hold 31th commemoration of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1/6/2014 12:39:43 PM


Columbia, SC - The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with four events Jan. 16-19.

King Day activities will kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, with the Black Law Students Association legal symposium in the law auditorium. The program's theme is "Education: The Pipeline to Equality," and the keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn. Judy Gatson, WIS-TV news anchor will be the program's moderator.

Highlighting the celebration will be a commemorative breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, featuring 2001 USC alumna Jotaka Eaddy as the keynote speaker. Eaddy was the first African-American woman to serve as USC's student body president. Eaddy currently serves as senior advisor to the president and CEO of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The breakfast will be held at the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tickets are on sale through Jan. 16 at the Coliseum Box Office. Tickets are $8 for the USC faculty, staff and the public and $3 for students.

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. 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 MLK Gospelfest returns to the Koger Center at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19. The musical event will feature the USC Gospel Choir in concert with the Rev. Carolyn Brailsford and the Bethel A.M.E. Church Choir, the John Works Chorus and the awarding winning group The Gospel Legends. The group has been nominated for the 2014 Stellar Awards as fan favorite quartet of the year and traditional group duo of the year.

The program will follow the theme, "Martin Luther King Jr. remembered through the songs of freedom."

Tickets to the concert are $10 for the USC faculty, staff and the public and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the Koger Center box office.

The 15th annual University Day of Service concludes MLK activities with two days of campus-wide community service events. The Day of Service events are set for Jan. 20 and Jan. 26.

This year marks the 31th consecutive year that the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil-rights leader.

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