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December 21, 1999

"Remembering as One, Celebrating as One, Acting as One"
USC to hold annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17, 2000

"Remembering as One, Celebrating as One, Acting as One" is the theme of the University of South Carolina's 20th annual celebration commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17.

The King Day Celebration, which includes public and USC events and service projects, will feature a morning address to university faculty, staff and students by U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn and an evening performance, Gospel Fest 2000, which features The Capital City Chorale and is free to the general public. This year the observance also will feature an afternoon program at the USC School of Law entitled "The State of King's Dream in the new Millennium." In addition, nearly 1,000 USC students, faculty and staff are expected to participate in service projects throughout the Midlands.

Clyburn, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and congressman from South Carolina's sixth congressional district, will speak at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast in the Russell House Ballroom for USC faculty, staff and students. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Russell House information desk weekdays beginning Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The evening program, Gospel Fest 2000, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Koger Center. The program will feature performances by The Capital City Chorale, The Bibleway Church Choir of Atlas Road, The Redeemers quartet and the C.B. Jackson Singers and The Voices of Faith of Brookland Baptist Church.

Considered USC's gift to the community for the holiday, the Gospel Fest 2000 event is free to the public. Because of the event's past popularity, USC will issue free tickets through the Carolina Coliseum box office beginning Jan. 3. A maximum of four free tickets per person will be given. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring two canned or non-perishable food items with their ticket for the Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia.

The afternoon program at the USC Law School will take place at 3 p.m. in the USC Law School auditorium. Sponsored by USC's Black Law School Students Association, the annual event is free and open to the public. Questions about the program should be directed to the association at 803-777-8117.

USC classes will be suspended on the MLK holiday, and students and faculty are encouraged to observe the Holiday by volunteering for community service and attending USC celebration or events. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 803-777-6688.

For more information about USC's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, call USC Equal Opportunity Programs at 803-777-3854 or visit the MLK website at