USC hosting week of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16-20.

A series of campus activities will center on the theme "Empowerment through Education."

Thursday, January 16, 2014, The USC Black Law Students Association's annual legal symposium will be held at 6 p.m. in the law school auditorium featuring U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn as the keynote speaker. Like Dr. King, Congressman Clyburn's legacy is steeped in the civil rights movement and in a stellar reputation as a national leader and consensus-builder. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 17. USC's Commemorative Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Zone at Williams Brice Stadium, the keynote speaker will be Jotaka Eaddy, a 2001 USC alumna and the first African-American woman to be elected student body president. Entertainment will be provided by Nick Evangelista, a member of the USC Gospel Choir.

During this event, the annual Social Justice Awards will be presented to an exceptional student, faculty and staff member. Tickets may be purchased at the Koger Center box office, 806 Park Street, or by calling (803) 251-222, or online at Admission is $8 for faculty, staff, the general public, and $3 for students.

Sunday, January 19. The Annual Gospelfest is set for 6 p.m. at the Koger Center. The stellar award-nominated group, The Gospel Legends, will perform, along with the USC Gospel Choir, the Rev. Carolyn Brailsford and the Bethel A.M.E. Church Choir, The Combined Choirs of Second Calvary Baptist Church and The John Work Chorus. Tickets to the MLK Gospelfest are $10 for faculty, staff, the general public, and $5 for students. They are available at the Koger Center box office.

Monday, January 20 and Saturday, January 25. USC's annual Day(s) of Service activities begin both days with registration at 8 a.m. in the Russell House second floor lobby. This 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day is sponsored by the Carolina Service Council and Community Service Programs. The event gives volunteers the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Home Works of America and Reliant Hospice. For more information concerning service day projects, contact the Office of Community Service Programs at 777-7130 or visit This event is only open to USC students.

Monday, January 13 through Friday January 24. A welcome addition to this year's celebration is an opportunity for faculty and staff of the University to provide service to the university community by participating in the MLK Food Drive which is being sponsored by the Department of Student Life. Donations help support the Gamecock Pantry.

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