REMEMBER — CELEBRATE — ACT
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Events
A DAY ON — NOT A DAY OFF
January 13–17, 2005
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Monday, January 17, 20059 - 9:45 a.m.—Registration, Russell House Second Floor Lobby.
Service Day Events
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
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.
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.
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.
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.