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

King Day at the Dome

The annual event, usually held at the South Carolina State House, will move to a virtual format this year. Head to the South Carolina NAACP’s website or Facebook page on Monday at 10 a.m. to hear speakers including Rep. James Clyburn, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and South Carolina Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell. The theme for this year’s rally is “Where Do We Go From Here.”

UofSC MLK Celebration

The University of South Carolina is celebrating the MLK holiday with a new slate of virtual events and an extended timeline that also kicks off Black History Month. Students and the Carolina community will meet at Davis Field from 9 a.m. – noon for the MLK Day of Service. The celebration continues on Jan. 28 with a virtual concert inspired by the life and work of Richard Greener, the first African American professor at UofSC, and the Brighter Beginnings Virtual Concert on Feb. 5 which pays tribute to the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Both concerts are followed by Q&A session.

FAAAC MLK celebration

On Saturday, Jan. 16, The Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art will Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a livestream storytelling event hosted by CMA docent Nancy Tolson. Local storytellers will share personal stories and experiences with the community on Facebook Live. Free takeaway art kits from the CMA Welcome Desk are available for artful fun outside or at home. Admission to the CMA collection is also free throughout the day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Click here to reserve an advance ticket.

Donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank

It’s not too late to donate to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Virtual Food Drive  sponsored by the City of Columbia, Richland School District One and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The food drive, held each year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of community service, ends Jan. 18. Click here to donate virtually.

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.


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