UofSC MLK Commemorative Breakfast
In January 1983, the USC Black Alumni Caucus sponsored the first university program. The group continued to sponsor the event, held in Rutledge Chapel, until 1986. In 1986, the program was expanded and moved to the Russell House Ballroom featuring King’s daughter, Yolanda King, as keynote speaker. In 1999 then-President John M. Palms canceled classes and declared the day a university-wide day of service. That tradition continues today under the leadership of President Harris Pastides. More than 30 years later the Rutledge Chapel service has grown into a major university tradition with a wide-ranging week of activities.
This year's breakfast takes place at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium and is presided over by John Dozier, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Provost for Inclusion. The event, which requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance, features commemorative video presentations, a performance by the Touch of Faith student gospel group, a keynote by Henrie Monteith Treadwell, the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of South Carolina in September of 1963, and a presentation of the university’s Social Justice Awards.
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for faculty, staff and the public, and can be purchased in-person or via phone at the Koger Center for the Arts Box Office at 806 Park Street. Free parking will be available the day of in Lot B (AD3) next to Williams-Brice Stadium (access from Key Road) with free shuttle service to the event. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:30 a.m.
1125 George Rogers Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29201