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Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of South Carolina celebrations commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held the week of January 14, 2015 through January 18, 2015. The 2015 celebration theme this year will be Education: The Pipeline to Equality with the focus on the topic: “And Justice for All.”

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Honorable Andrew Young

The 2015 celebration will mark the thirty-second (32) year the University of South Carolina has commemorated and celebrated the life and legacy of this great American, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events this year will kick-off with the annual MLK Breakfast that will be held on Wednesday morning January 14, 2015 at 7:30 am at the Russell House Ballroom. The featured speaker will be the Honorable Andrew Young, former Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Congressman, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Young has also served as President of the National Council of Churches USC and was a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ambassador Young will be introduced by the Honorable Robert “Bob” D. Coble, former mayor of the City of Columbia and a USC School of Law Graduate. Mayor Coble served as the City of Columbia Mayor from 1990 until 2010, and currently serves as the Chair of the Columbia World Affairs Council.

The Wednesday morning event will be followed by the annual MLK USC Law School celebration which will be held on Thursday Evening at 6:00 pm at the USC Law School Auditorium featuring a group of outstanding panelists who will lead a panel discussion on the topic “And Justice for All.” Panelists include:

S.C. State Chief Justice Jean Toal, S.C. State Supreme Court

Mayor Steve Benjamin, Mayor City of Columbia

Senator John Scott, Member S.C. State Senate

Solicitor Daniel E. Johnson, Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina

Dr. Seth Stoughton, Professor, USC School of Law

These outstanding panelists will be hosted by Judi Gaston, of WIS-TV, who will serve as guest moderator. A reception will follow at the Law School.

The 2015 MLK Celebration will continue with other events hosted on campus and will conclude Sunday, January 18, 2015 with the Annual MLK Gospel Fest that will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts at 6:00 pm. This event will feature three (3) outstanding Gospel Groups:

Men of Praise

Rev. Matthew Mickens and the Highway Travelers

Flossie Boyd Johnson and Favor

These outstanding Gospel groups have performed around the country and abroad and bring the very best in gospel music to this marque event. Tickets will be available and on sale starting December 22, 2014 at the Koger Center Box Office for the Breakfast and the Gospel Fest. No tickets are needed for the Law School Program.

The other King Holiday at the State House will be held on January 19, 2015 at 11:00 am. USC Faculty, Staff and Students as always on the Monday Holiday, donate their time and service doing work in the community and will again be involved in community service as we pay tribute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on the official holiday weekend.

For further information please visit our website at www.sc.edu/eop

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