Several events are planned to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.
Below is a list of some of the events scheduled in various cities in the Upstate and in Columbia.
The 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast will be held in the Sterling Community Center at 113 Minus Street. Organizers said a full free breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. at the start of a ceremony to honor Dr. King and Greenvillians who were active during the local fight for civil rights.
Greenville's MLK Dream weekend will conclude with a program called "MLK Holiday: A Day of Service" at the TD Convention Center. The event will feature local teen rap artists, dancers, spoken word artist Chiccy Baritone, and participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Upcountry History Museum's exhibit "Protests, Prayers and Progress: Greenville's Civil Rights Movement." The program runs from 9 – 11 a.m.
Greenville Technical College will observe Martin Luther King Day with a series of service projects at the Student Center on the Barton Campus. From 9 a.m. – noon students will man an education station that informs people about the day and what it means, a station preparing sandwiches for agencies serving the hungry, a station where appreciation cards will be made for service members, a station where people can make toys for pet rescue groups, and a giving station where donations can be made for the college's Habitat build, and coats and canned goods can also be dropped off.
The Put Down the Guns Young People Organization is hosting a peace walk for teens and young adults in memory of Dr. King Monday at 2 p.m. The walk will begin at Mike and Jack Convenience Store at 4306 Augusta Road.
The Blood Connection says it will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King at area blood drives in a week-long celebration that begins Monday and goes through January 24. Officials said donating blood enriches life and links the human race through a common bond, mirroring the ideas of Dr. King. For a complete list of blood drives, go to http://thebloodconnection.org/find-a-drive/
Clemson University students, faculty and staff will participate in the 14th annual MLK Day of Service and blood drive. Organizers said check-in for the day of service will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hendrix Student Center. Volunteers will be transported to various community agencies to take part in volunteer projects until noon.
The NAACP National President to Headline will join demonstrators during "King Day at the Dome 2014: The Campaign for Dignity in South Carolina. Officials said Lorraine Miller, Interim President & CEO of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at the annual rally at the State House. Officials said they want to see Confederate battle flag permanently taken down from the State House grounds and build awareness and about social and economic factors impacting minorities. The rally will begin at 10:15 a.m.
The public is invited to remember Dr. King with residents at Magnolia Place Nursing Home from 9 a.m. – noon at 8020 White Avenue. Volunteers will lead a discussion on King's life and accomplishments, and will show a video on his work in several communities during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Wofford College President Nayef H. Samhat will be the featured speaker at a MLK breakfast that will kick off a day of service at the C. C. Woodson Community Center. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration for the breakfast. Wofford officials said student Ryan Carter has been involved in the planning and volunteer recruitment with the United Way of the Piedmont. Wofford College will host additional service projects around the community from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers plan to meet at the Glendale Post Office at 350 Broadway Street at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate MLK day by weeding out invasive plants in the historic area. Organizers said Spartanburg students and volunteers will remove thousands of invasive privet plants that mar the landscape.
The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium invites families to come out and celebrate the live and legacy during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Monday night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The city of Greer will honor Dr. King at a luncheon, followed by a program featuring speeches, songs, dances. Officials said people from the Greater Greer community who work to keep King's dream alive will be recognized during the program. It starts at 11:10 a.m. in City Hall. Tickets are $5 per person.
The CESA soccer teams will host a clinic and brotherhood soccer games at the he MeSA soccer complex on Anderson Ridge Road 1 p.m. on January 20, 2014. Organizers said the event will help keep Dr. King's message alive by promoting brotherhood, honesty, integrity, tolerance and sportsmanship. Organizers said instead of having referees, players will have to call their own fouls during the games.
Hospice of the Upstate will host their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Breakfast from 8:30 – 9 a.m. in the Rose Hall Dining room at HOTU's headquarters at 1835 Rogers Road. Organizers said the event will be free and open to the public.
If there is an MLK Day event scheduled in the Upstate for Monday, Jan. 20 that is not listed, please e-mail details about the event to firstname.lastname@example.org
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