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Published on January 13th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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USC’s MLK Breakfast Draws Hundreds

Pictured: Antjuan Seawright, Sunrise Communications, South Carolina Sen. Marlon Kimpson and James T. Mclawhorn, Columbia Urban League. Photos by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine.

South Carolina Sen. Marlon Kimpson was the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration breakfast.

The university began its annual celebrations to honor King’s life and legacy more than 30 years ago and was one of the first major universities in the South to do so. In addition to the breakfast, events include a panel discussion and gospel festival, each supporting the theme of promoting education to ensure equality and justice for all people in the United States.

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Sam Tenenbaum and Rev. Dr. Ronnie Brailsford, Bethel AME Church

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Attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson and Dawn Staley, USC Womens Basketball Coach

An attorney specializing in whistleblowing and securities fraud with the Motley Rice law firm, Kimpson has represented District 42 since 2013 and has been committed to enacting laws that improve the health, education and economic well-being of South Carolinians. He has been among the state’s strongest advocates for social justice and equity. He provided support to Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church who lost nine of its members in a tragic shooting last June.

An annual MLK Gospel Festival Sunday, Jan. 17 will conclude the MLK celebrations. Taking place at 6 p.m. in the Koger Center, the festival will feature the Brookland Baptist Gospel Choir, Rev. Matthew Mickens and The New Highway Travelers and Pastor Shawn Jones and the Believers, an all-male gospel quartet from Rockford, Alabama, that has performed at gospel festivals nationally since 2010. The program also will feature remarks by the Rev. Chris Leevy Johnson, a university graduate and director of Leevy’s Funeral Home.

Tickets to the MLK Gospel Festival are $10 per person and $8 for students and will be available for sale at the Koger Center box office.

In addition to offering public events, the university conveys its commitment to King’s legacy through service. Students, faculty and staff participate in two days of community service activities and a food drive for the Gamecock Pantry, which benefits students in need, and explore ways to promote and advocate for equality.

For more information about UofSC’s 2016 MLK commemorative events, call 803-777-3854.

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