Columbia SC will celebrate the life of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through art, music, service and activism. Here are some ways to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.

King Day at the Dome

Hosted by the state’s NAACP chapter, the 24th annual “King Day at the Dome” will begin Monday 8:30 a.m. with a prayer. The prayer will be held at Zion Baptist Church, followed by a march to the South Carolina State House and a rally on the grounds. This historical event began in 2000 as a protest to the confederate flay flying on the State House dome. where Confederate flags once flew. This year's keynote speaker is Vice President Kamala Harris. Visit the South Carolina NAACP’s website or Facebook page for more information.

UofSC MLK Celebration

The University of South Carolina is celebrating the MLK holiday with a breakfast honoring the Civil Rights leader on Friday, January 12, 2024. The MLK Commemorative Breakfast will include live music, a keynote address and a presentation recognizing the university’s MLK Social Justice Award recipients. Students and the Carolina community will also host its annual MLK Day of Service on Saturday, January 13th, beginning with a guest speaker then the opportunity to serve the local area. 


FAAAC MLK celebration

In celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia Museum of Art is open Monday, January 16, 2024 with free admission. The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) will be hosting a storytelling event celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy as line dancing. Visit CMA website for times and locations. 


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Visit Stone of Hope in MLK Jr. Park

The Martin Luther King Jr. Park is the perfect addition to your outdoor adventures this week. Located in the historic Lower Waverly area near Five Points, the park features the Stone of Hope, a concrete and stone fountain located at the entrance featuring plaques with quotes from Dr. King. The memorial includes natural elements – water, stone and trees – to underscore the themes of justice, democracy and hope. The park will also be home to the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony at 4 p.m.


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