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 23rd annual “King Day at the Dome” will begin Monday 8 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 where Confederate flags once flew. This historical event began in 2000 as a protest to the flag flying on the Statehouse dome. 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 Jan. 13. 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 Jan. 14, 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 CMA is open Jan. 16 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 well as the exhibition “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: From the Collection of Samella Lewis.” 


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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 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony at 4 p.m.


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