Andrew Young to highlight MLK events at UofSC

Former United Nations Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young will be the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration breakfast Jan. 14.

This is the 32nd year Carolina has hosted celebrations commemorating King’s life and legacy. This year’s events will run from Jan. 14-18, with the theme “Education: The Pipeline to Equality” and the focus on “And Justice for All.”

Young, former Atlanta mayor, congressman and U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will speak at the annual MLK breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the Russell House Ballroom. Young has also served as president of the National Council of Churches USA and was a friend of King’s. Young will be introduced by Robert “Bob” Coble, former Columbia mayor and a USC School of Law graduate. Coble was Columbia’s mayor from 1990 until 2010, and now serves as the chair of the Columbia World Affairs Council.

Tickets to the breakfast are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the Koger Center box office.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the USC Law School Forum will feature a panel discussion on the topic “And Justice for All” in the law school auditorium. Panelists include: S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal; Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin; S.C. Sen. John Scott; Solicitor Daniel E. Johnson; and Seth Stoughton, USC School of Law professor. WIS-TV anchor Judi Gatson will moderate the panel, and a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

The MLK celebrations on campus conclude at 6 p.m. Jan. 18, with the annual MLK Gospel Fest at the Koger Center for the Arts. The event features three gospel groups -- Men of Praise, Rev. Matthew Mickens and the Highway Travelers, and Flossie Boyd Johnson and Favor.

Tickets to the Gospel Fest are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the Koger Center box office.

On Jan. 19, the MLK holiday, UofSC faculty, staff and students will volunteer at service events throughout the community.

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