Law symposium kicks off MLK celebration
The University of South Carolina will kick off its annual Martin Luther King Jr. week of observance with a symposium at the School of Law Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The program, saluting the life and legacy of Dr. King, will be held in the law auditorium at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Other MLK events include the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Jan. 15 and Day of Service activities Monday, Jan. 18.
The symposium will include a panel of distinguished lawmakers and city leaders discussing the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on social, political and legal concerns facing the state and the nation. Panelists will include state Sen. John Scott; and state Reps. Todd Rutherford, James Smith Jr. and Anton Gunn; Columbia Urban League President J.T. McLawhorn, and Tina Herbert of the Columbia Young Lawyers Association. Judi Gatson of WIS-TV will moderate. A reception will take place immediately after the program.
For more information, contact Frenché Brewer at 803-777-5400.
The main speaker for the breakfast will be the Rev. Charles B. Jackson Sr., pastor of Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are on sale now for $8 at the Russell House and the Carolina Coliseum box office.
Other speakers will include Bobby Gist, executive assistant to the president for equal opportunity programs; university President Harris Pastides; Meredith Ross, student-government president; Caryn N. Wells, a student at Richland Northeast High School; and Carl Wells, director of access and equity/diversity training.
Wells and Pastides will present the annual Social Justice Awards, which recognize individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of King through random or on-going acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation. These awards will be presented to a faculty member, a staff member and a student.
On Jan. 18, the 13th Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Carolina Service Council and Community Service Programs will coordinate service projects throughout Columbia, giving hundreds of university students opportunities to participate.
To register, go to www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/mlk.htm. For more information on the breakfast, contact Frenché Brewer at 803-777-3691.