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USC kicks off MLK weekend with free virtual events

In light of the ongoing global pandemic, the University of South Carolina will celebrate the 2021 MLK Jr. holiday with a lineup of mostly virtual events.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations look a little different due to COVID-19, but the University of South Carolina is celebrating the holiday with a lineup of mostly virtual events.

On Thursday, Julian Williams, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion spoke with News19 about the upcoming free events.

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The University of South Carolina Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a virtual panel discussion 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, called “Applying 2020 Vision in 2021: A Clear View of Our Community’s Pursuit Towards MLK’s Dream and the Existing Challenges.”

The event is designed to consider the progress that we have made as a community, areas where we are still struggling and recognize the power of individual voices in evoking change.

The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.

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On Monday, Jan. 18, is the MLK Day of Service for USC students. Beginning at 8 a.m. check-in, students will join in the Carolina community to remember the legacy of Dr. King by working together to help others. The in-person event location is at Davis Field from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Click here for a full list of events which extend into Black History Month.