MLK Days of Service and Event Series: Jan. 14-21, 2017

Join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s life and work through two days of service and a series of engaging events at the University of South Carolina, as we give back in honor of Dr. King’s life and remind ourselves that now more than ever, the work continues.

GIVE BACK: Service Opportunities

Jan. 14 and 21, 2017
MLK, Jr. Days of Service
8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Check-in: Davis Field
The University of South Carolina is proud to commemorate the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Service, honoring the life and legacy of a man who believed that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Be part of thousands of volunteers throughout the country who will be serving their community!

To serve on Saturday, Jan. 21, sign up here:

4th Annual MLK Food Drive, benefiting the Gamecock Pantry

As part of the 2017 MLK Days of Service and Event Series, we invite students, faculty, staff and alumni to join in individually, or as a department/office/organization, to donate food items to the Gamecock Pantry!

The Gamecock Pantry is a campus food pantry created for students, by students with the goal of serving the UofSC community by providing food aid and to provide resources to enhance the community’s overall well-being.

We welcome you to join us in these efforts to fill the pantry, by dropping off donations at any of the following locations/events:
• Wednesday, Jan. 11: Greene Street, noon – 2 p.m.
• Wednesday Jan. 18:
– Spring Student Organization Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greene Street
– UofSC vs. Florida Pre-game party with MyCarolina Alumni Association, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Alumni Center (900 Senate Street, Columbia SC 29201)
• Tuesday, Jan. 24, Greene Street, noon – 2 p.m.
• Tuesday Jan. 31, Russell House Lobby, noon – 2 p.m.

If you are unable to drop off donations at the dates/locations listed above, please contact Luis Sierra at to arrange a donation pick-up or drop-off. The last day of the 2017 MLK Food Drive is Tuesday, January 31.

King Day at the Dome

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

The University of South Carolina will be joining the SC NAACP and the Columbia community in its annual King Day at the Dome! This year’s event is organized by the Statewide Leadership Coordinating Committee of the SC NAACP to advocate for Education Equity, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights, Economic Justice, Affordable Housing, Fair Employment, Just Energy, and Health Care for All.

March lineup begins at 9:30 a.m., Zion Baptist Church (801 Washington Street, Columbia SC). From there, we will march to the SC State House for the King Day at the Dome Rally at 10 a.m.

We hope you can join us! Sign up here to participate:

Best Buddies and The Arc of South Carolina’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich-Making Competition

Monday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

The Arc of South Carolina is an organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community through their lifetimes.

The Arc and Best Buddies at UofSC will be running a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich-Making Competition on campus for all students to take part in!

Not only will students who participate have a chance to win prizes for their efforts, but they will also get to make a difference in the lives of individuals in the Columbia community who are experiencing food insecurity, because the PB&Js that are made will be distributed at a local soup kitchen, many of which are closed that day to observe the holiday.

The Association of African American Students (AAAS) Presents: MLK’s Dream: A Millennial Perspective – featuring Dr. Nancy Tolson, Assistant Director of the African American Studies Program at UofSC

Tuesday, Jan. 17
6 p.m.
Russell House Theater

The Association of African American Students is proud to host Dr. Nancy Tolson, Assistant Director of the African American Studies Program at UofSC, to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and how millennials can still learn from his work.

Leading with Courage to Cultivate Change – A Momentum Series Seminar

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Now more than ever, young people need to be equipped with tools to lead with courage and overcome the struggles we face, bringing about positive change locally, nationally, and globally.

By participating in this Momentum Series Seminar, student leaders at the University of South Carolina will be presented with examples of courageous leadership around the world, as well as resources and strategies, in order to clarify their unique life purpose and consider how compassion, self-reflection, connection to community and excellent communication can lead to greater success.

To facilitate this Keynote Series Seminar, we are proud to host Dr. Arthur Romano:

Dr. Arthur Romano is an international peace-educator, consultant and certified nonviolence trainer. Dr. Romano has implemented innovative educational programs in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the U.S. Those programs have supported thousands of students in learning practical strategies for building healthy communities, becoming global leaders and productively engaging with conflict. Dr. Romano has spoken numerous times at the United Nations and has collaborated with the Department of Public Information to promote the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace. He currently serves as a professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Capstone Carolina Room (17th Floor of Capstone Conference Center)
Refreshments to be served.

Spots are limited. To participate, register here: