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        Martin Luther King Jr.
        Commemorative Events
        January 12-18, 2016
        Columbia Campus

MLK Celebration 2016
Promoting Education and How to bring equality and justice for all people in America.



We would like to invite all USC faculty, staff and students as well as all the residents in our community to attend the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events being held here at the University of South Carolina.

We are very proud of the fact that this year marks the 30th year that the University of South Carolina has commemorated and celebrated the life and legacy of this great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked so hard to make it possible for this great country to promote equality and justice for all in America.

Thank you for your support as we continue to celebrate the upcoming 2016 MLK Events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
Martin Luther King Jr. Law Forum
Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Fest
Related Links


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

A Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating
the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
8:00 a.m. doors will open at 7:30 a.m.
In The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium

Featured Speaker: Senator Marlon Kimpson
Admission $10 Adults $5 Students

Our first staged event hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is the MLK Commemorative Breakfast. The breakfast will be held Tuesday morning January 12, 2016 in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium at 8:00 a.m., doors will open at 7:30 a.m. This is a commemorative breakfast celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme will focus on Promoting Education and How to bring equality and justice for all people in America.

This is to advise you that Senator Marlon Kimpson has agreed to serve as our featured speaker for the 2016 MLK Breakfast. Senator Marlon Kimpson has dedicated much of his life to fighting for those who've been wronged by corporations and organizations that put profits over people. As a member attorney with Motley Rice LLC, in Charleston, SC. Senator Kimpson has represented a variety of clients including asbestos workers injured by occupational disease, employees and investors whose retirement funds have been diminished due to fraud, families devastated by transportation accidents, and students whose civil and human rights have been violated. He loves the legacy of Dr. King and is an advocate for social justice and promoting unity in our state and country.

As a Senator in the South Carolina General Assembly, Senator Kimpson has been committed to enacting laws to improve the health, education and economic well-being of all the residents of Senate District 42 and all South Carolinians. Senator Kimpson is active in the community, currently serving as Chair of the Closing the Gap in Healthcare Scholarships for African-American Students at MUSC. He formerly served on the Carolina Youth Development Center Board and the Charleston Trident Urban League Board.

Senator Kimpson has also served on the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, as President of the Charleston Black Lawyers Association, and as First Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Jim Hodges to serve as chair on the State Election Commission. He is a member of The South Carolina Association for Justice and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Senator Kimpson graduated from Morehouse College and received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina Law School. Senator Kimpson and his wife, Kimberlyn Davis Kimpson, are the proud parents of their newborn daughter, Marleigh.

At the 2016 MLK Breakfast we will also present Social Justice Awards to a faculty member, staff member, and a student, as well as a community leader on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the MLK Breakfast event. Senator Marlon Kimpson, the featured speaker, has spent a tremendous amount of time in the S.C. State Senate addressing recent social justice issues and was one of the lead Senators in addressing recent incidents of social justice and equity here in South Carolina in the aftermath of the Mother Emmanuel AME Church matter in Charleston last year. We are proud that he has agreed to be our speaker for this great event.

This event will feature tickets at $5.00 per student with a student I.D. and $10.00 for all faculty, staff and visitors. These tickets are on sale now at the Koger Center Box Office, 806 Park Street, Columbia, SC.


Martin Luther King Jr. Law Forum

Thursday, January 14, 2016
6:00 p.m., USC Law School Auditorium

Our second MLK event is the Law School Program held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the USC Law School Auditorium. The guest panelists approved by our student leadership team and the Dean at the USC School of Law are listed. This event will have Ms. Judi Gatson of WIS-TV as our guest host.

Panelists:

  • Chief Justice Jean Toal, Attorney, Judge and USC Law School Graduate
  • Former Mayor Bob Coble, Mayor-City of Columbia, Attorney and USC Law School Graduate
  • Representative Mia McLeod, SC House of Representatives Member, Attorney and USC Law School Graduate
  • Professor Eboni Nelson, Attorney and USC Law School Professor

The focus for this year’s law school panelists, as recommended and approved by the USC Law School student leaders is "Learning is a Gift." This great topic will focus on how Dr. King, if he were alive today, would be addressing many of the challenges we face in this country and how learning can benefit all persons in this world to help us address our challenges today. This is a FREE event with a reception following the scheduled program. Please place this on your schedule to attend.


Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Fest

Sunday, January 17, 2016
6:00 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts

Admission $10 Adults, $8 Students

Our third event will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016, the day before the National King Day Holiday, at the USC Koger Center for the Arts. This event is the MLK Gospel Fest - a musical and spiritual tribute and will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and will feature the outstanding Brookland Baptist Gospel Choir as well as an outstanding national gospel group Pastor Shawn Jones and the Believers, a young gospel group currently one of the best gospel groups in America. Our featured speaker who was recommended by members and he has accepted is Dr. Chris Leevy Johnson, a local area minister, a USC Doctoral Graduate and Pastor of the Brookland Northeast Baptist Church. He is an outstanding speaker. Tickets for this great event are on sale now at the Koger Center Box Office and are $8.00 for students with a student I.D. and $10.00 for all faculty, staff and visitors.


Related Links

King Celebration
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 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, Jr.

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.