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Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Events
January 13–17, 2005
Columbia Campus

The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of planned events beginning Thursday, Jan. 13. This will mark the 22nd consecutive year the university has held a formal program to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader.

King Day activities will begin with the MLK Forum 2005 from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Russell House Theatre. The open discussion will feature panelists Dr. Cleveland Sellers, director of USC's African American Studies Program, Dr. Christopher Leevy Johnson of Leevy's Funeral Home, and Catherine Fleming Bruce with the Modjeska Monteith Simkins Center for Justice, Ethics and Human Rights. Cynthia Pryor Hardy, vice president of the Columbia Urban League and host of WWDM's On Point, will serve as moderator. This free event is sponsored by the University's Office of Community Service Programs and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

MLK events continue with a Commemorative Breakfast Friday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 a.m.in the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Featured speaker will be Dr. Jimmy Gilbert Jr., presiding elder for the Central Methodist Episcopal Churches of South Carolina. A noted historian on the Civil Rights Movement in the deep South, Dr. Gilbert has spoken throughout the United States on the impact of the movement and how it has changed America and the world in general.

This event is open to all faculty, staff and students, and the cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. Tickets for the breakfast will go on sale Dec. 6 at the Russell House Information Desk.

For faculty and staff who do not wish to drive and park at the stadium, university shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the event. Buses will leave from two designated locations at 6:45 a.m. Pick up and drop off will take place at 743 Greene Street (Facilities Management Office) and Greene Street in front of the Russell House.

The university will continue its celebration Monday, Jan. 17, with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event that is sponsored by USC's Office of Community Services and the USC Department of Student Life.

Service Day activities will begin with registration, breakfast and a brief rally from 9 - 9:45 a.m. All faculty, staff and students are urged to participate in the Service Day activities from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. by volunteering their time in service to some community service organization in the greater Columbia community.

At 3 p.m. Monday, the USC Black Law Students Association will sponsor a program at the USC Law School auditorium. Sen. Darrell Jackson will be the guest speaker.

Doc McKenzie & The Gospel Hi-LitesOn Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Koger Center will come alive with the sound of gospel music as the annual MLK Gospel Unity Fest honors King's life and legacy. Nationally acclaimed Doc McKenzie & The Gospel Hi-Lites will be this year's featured performers. This Lake City , S.C., gospel group has won 9 American Gospel Quartet Convention awards, including Quartet of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Also appearing at the MLK Gospel Unity Fest will be several local and USC-based gospel groups. The Rev. Ronnie E. Brailsford of the Bethel AME Church will be the guest speaker. All seats are reserved, and tickets will go on sale Dec. 15 at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office for $6. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the I. DeQuincy Newman Institute for Peace and Social Change.

Thursday, January 13, 2005
MLK Forum 2005—5-7 p.m., Russell House Theatre. Free admission. Feature panelists are Dr. Cleveland Sellers, director of USC's African American Studies Program; Dr. Christopher Leevy Johnson of Leevy's Funeral Home; and Catherine Fleming Bruce with the Modjeska Monteith Simkins Center for Justice, Ethics and Human Rights.

Friday, January 14, 2005
Commemorative Breakfast—7:30 a.m., The Zone, Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets: $6 at the Russell House Information Desk, beginning Dec. 6. Featured Speaker: Dr. Jimmy Gilbert Jr. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina in cooperation with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, the USC Athletics Department and the USC Student Government Association

Monday, January 17, 2005
Service Day Events

  • 9 - 9:45 a.m.—Registration, Russell House Second Floor Lobby.
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.—Service Projects (Greater Columbia Community). Sponsored by USC's Office of Community Services and the USC Department of Student Life.

    Black Law School Students Association Celebration—3:00 p.m., USC Law School auditorium. Free Admission. Sen. Darrell Jackson will be the guest speaker. A reception will follow the program.

    MLK Gospel Unity Fest—An Evening to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—6:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $6 at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, begining Dec. 15. Featuring Doc McKenzie & The Gospel Hi-Lites with several local gospel groups. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina in cooperation with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, the USC Athletics Department, the USC Student Government Association, and the Black Faculty and Staff Association. For more information, contact the USC Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at 803-777-3854.

    Related Links

    King Celebration 2005
    Sponsored by The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, Inc., this site includes a listing of local, national and international events that are planned for the 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

    The King Center
    Official website for The King Center, established in 1968 in Atlanta by Coretta Scott King as a memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Directory
    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University have compiled primary and secondary documents covering the life and career of the civil rights leader. The site contains a biography, a chronology of King's life, articles, and a searchable bibliography of reference sources. The site also includes access to letters, speeches, and commentary written by King. A simple, free registration form is required to access the primary documents.